LS Maxwell...artist’s statement
Of Czech descent, a first generation American, Maxwell evokes a personal interpretation of The Battle of Gettysburg by a study of music history, political events, and publications that resonate from a range of interpretations.
With time spent in study from London, Paris, the Pink City of Petra, Jordanian Valleys, Jerusalem, to across parts of Asia, a catalogue of history from personal human narratives in art and music remains a direct source of insight.
With a Degree in English, via four majors and a Masters in ESL Education, Maxwell taught for the State of New Jersey in global classrooms, international corporations and to the underpriviledged for many years during cycles of art.
A recent guest of the Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 2009- 2011, continued study of Byzantine, Greco- Roman, Middle Eastern Art History brought stronger significance to expressionistic art and music.
The era of Gettysburg brought special interest since grade 7 as well as the influence of research and knowledge with filmmaker Ron Maxwell.
“The Flank” changed and morphed into itself many times, leaving several versions over more than eight years. The “Johnny” series also re-interpreted over time, producing a wide range of similar yet different visuals of PS Gilmore’s 1863 politically neutral “ When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Sung as a favorite by both sides of the Civil War, Gilmore was honored by President Lincoln and later named The Father of America’s Brass Bands.
Joseph E. Turrin, internationally recognized composer generously contributes The Civil War Suite to www.gettysburgmaxwellart.com. On April 10, 2013, Mr Turrin composed for “The Flank”, a Dies Irae, soon to be recorded live 2014.
Many thanks to all those who have contributed to distinguish these works of art and the music that accompanies their viewing.