Maxine is fascinated by capturing emotion and energy in an inanimate form, and finds that paring figures back to the minimum often uncovers more depth of feeling. Generally intrepretative and abstract, her main influences are Brancusi, Barbara Hepworth and Giacometti.
Maxine Farmer is an emerging sculptor who has studied at St Martin’s, the V&A and Tate Britain in London. She has also studied under and collaborated with Beatrice Hoffman, the celebrated Oxfordshire-based sculptor. Maxine’s works were Visual Art Open’s International Emerging Artist Awards long lists in 2021 (The Dancers) and also in 2022 (Big Hug, Walking Woman, and The Reader). In January 2022, five of Maxine’s sculptures were featured in ‘Eternity’, an art exhibition by The Holy Art gallery in London. Four of her pieces were selected by the National Trust for Art in the Garden, a five week exhibition at Greys Court, near Henley-on-Thames, summer 2022.
A British citizen who divides her time between the UK and France, Maxine is a member of the Oxford Sculptors Group and the Visual Artists Association.
Maxine’s favourite medium is grogged clay, but she also works with plaster, fabric, wood and other media, for both indoor and outdoor sculptures. Maxine has created collections of sculptures based on themes including: ‘contemplation’, ‘hope’, ‘hugs’, ‘joy’ and 'dancers'. She is currently exploring bas-relief sculpture and larger 3D forms, and a new series called ‘Changes’.