b. 1935, New Zealand
Lives in New York, USA
Born in New Zealand, Gimblett has been primarily based in New York since 1972, and continues to exhibit regularly in both locations. This mix of cultures and aesthetics is evident in Gimblett’s work, which consists largely of object based paintings. His shaped canvases convey various associations and meanings connected to the oval, rectangle, tondo, keystone, and the quatrefoil, for which Gimblett is most recognised. The quatrefoil dates back to pre-Christian times and is found in both Western and Eastern religions, symbolising such objects as a rose, window, cross and lotus. Gimblett comments "The quatrefoil is the female cross, the curvilinear, the Jungian “anima”. The transition from the Trinity to the Quaternity. It is the dominant shape of my oeuvre."
Along with his inclusion in the exhibition The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York (2009), his solo exhibition in the series The Word of God at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2011) illustrates Gimblett's increasing international significance.
In New Zealand Gimblett has a prominent profile. The Auckland Art Gallery hosted a survey exhibition of his works in 2002 and his works are held in the collections of all major public institutions. He became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Art in 2015. In 2017, he was awarded an Honourary Doctorate from The University of Waikato for his contributions as an artist, scholar, teacher, and philanthropist.
Gimblett is the subject of several publications including the monograph Max Gimblett (Craig Potton and Gow Langsford Gallery, 2002), Max Gimblett: The Brush of All Things (Auckland Art Gallery, 2004) Workspace (Charta, 2010) and Max Gimblett (Charta, 2013).
Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Max Gimblett since 1988.
1964 Studied drawing, Ontario College of Art, Toronto
1965 Studied painting, San Francisco Art Institute, California
1983-2007 Studied psychology at the C.G. Jung Foundation, New York
2022 The Legend of the Ceramic Master, Page Galleries, Wellington
2021 The Path of Light, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
The Sun Also Rises, Page Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand
The Magical Kingdom, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
2020 Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel, Christchurch City Art Gallery Te Puna Waiwhetū
Juggernaut, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Leaves of Grass, Page Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand
2019 Many Worlds, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Creation, Page Blackie Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand
Lyric Suite, Auckland Art Fair 2019, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2018 Sunset Moon, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2016 One Day in the Afternoon of the Gods, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2015 Sea of Dragons, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2014 Love Conquers All, Kashya Hildebrand, London
The Gold Thread, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Full Circle, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2013 The Ballard of the South Pacific, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2012 The Sound of One Hand, Gow Langsford Gallery Pop-up exhibition
2011 The Word Of God, curated by Eric Shiner, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
Oxherding - in collaboration with Lewis Hyde, Kenyon College, Kenyon, Ohio
On the shores of Infinity, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
Perfect Mirror, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2009 The Midnight Sun, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
Full Fathom Five, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
White Stone Clear Water, Page Blackie Gallery