John Maxwell Still Life with Stuffed Birds Dated 1934 © By Permission of the Maxwell family


Born 1905
Died 1962
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Dalbeattie
Death place Dalbeattie

Maxwell was born in Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire. He attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1921 to 1926 and then travelled in Europe for a year. For a short period he, like several other Scottish artists of his generation, studied in Paris, where he experimented with a cubist style before settling on a more conventional style of painting. In 1929 Maxwell began teaching at Edinburgh College of Art, where he became a colleague of William Gillies, who often accompanied him on painting holidays. In the 1950s Maxwell painted an extended series of semi-abstract still lifes, reminiscent of the work of Braque.