From my review of a show by Maxwell Mays of Coventry, Rhode Island, at the Providence Art Club:
Mays’s paintings of quaint olden days in Rhode Island mix the folksiness of J.O.J. Frost of Marblehead, Massachusetts, or Grandma Moses with the easygoing appeal of New Yorker covers. (Mays’s paintings have graced the cover of Yankee magazine two dozen times.) In 44 works from the 1950s to this decade, his main subjects are bustling Main Street USA intersections and bird’s-eye historical panoramas of Ocean State towns in which he seems to have carefully noted every leaf, every brick.Read the rest here (at the end).
Maxwell Mays, Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas St., Providence, Sept. 13 to Oct. 2, 2009.
Pictured: An untitled 1949 painting by Maxwell Mays.