Max Gimblett

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935

The Way of Self Esteem

  • 2008
  • Sumi ink / Lanaquarelle 300 lb Hot Press 100% Cotton Mouldmade Paper. France
  • The Max Gimblett and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Gift
  • 1029 x 1511mm
  • 2011/214

“I’ve trained myself to do a lot of painting without thinking. And that means I have to be very, very clear before I start. […] It’s about letting go of a fixed idea or projection of what you want to see, let go of it. Let go of the beginning. Let go of the next step in the logical process. Let go of scale. Let go of emotional resolution within a work. […] Let go of doing something beautiful. You’re trying to generate endless opportunities. You’re trying to have a paradigm that is completely open to the moment.” —Max Gimblett (Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel, 1 August – 15 November 2020)