Carbon Series Furniture
Along with his passion for painting and writing, Maxwell loves to build interesting and intriguing furniture with the abundance of driftwood he finds on the shorelines of British Columbia. The Maxwell Newhouse Collection – carbon series uses burnt black driftwood to create one of a kind furniture pieces with a carbon finish.
“Working with driftwood is rewarding – using raw recycled wood to build – but it is generally all the same light colour. Following design trends, it occurred to me that black was not only a trendy colour but every room should have a dark accent”. MNQuote from “Homes & Design” magazine.
Maxwell Newhouse was born in Campbell River, B.C. on August 1,1947. Early in his youth he excelled in art. In recent years, he has become particularly noticed for his wonderfully detailed and lively folk art paintings with their whimsical themes and careful attention to the details of everyday life.
In 2001 Newhouse was published by Tundra using the style of art for which he has become known. At present he has published two illustrated children’s books and one author/ illustrated.
Newhouse and his wife Lillian have three children – two sons and a daughter. After living in Vancouver and the North Shore for 20 years, they moved to Chilliwack and now live in Cultus Lake.
2009 Re-Gifted, Group Show, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007 Chilliwack Municipal Hall – Exhibition One-man show of recent works.
2006 Let’s Go for a Ride nominated for: The governor General Award for Children’s illustration.
2006 TD Bank Canada The Children Book centre tour of Newfoundland
2006 Let’s Go for a Ride book launch/ Show – Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia
2006 Let’s Go for a Ride By Maxwell Newhouse Published by Tundra Books
2004 A&W Restaurant Head Office: painting. This painting will be made into limited edition prints.
2004 Manning Park Mural: for the main lodge lobby
2004 The RCMP Musical Ride By Maxwell Newhouse Published by Tundra Books
2003 Canada House Gallery Banff, Alberta Permanent exhibition
2003 Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World, By Jo Ellen Bogart, Illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse, Published by Tundra Books
2003 The Wickaninnish Inn Tofino, B.C., 30 driftwood chairs, lobby table, and bench. This furniture is my form of sculpture. Each piece of furniture is constructed of driftwood, signed and numbered.
2002 Vancouver Aquarium fund-raiser painting, Salmon Chanted Evening dinner and auction
2002 Sports in the Arts: North Vancouver Group Show, North Vancouver Community Art Gallery
2001 The Forgeries: one man show, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver
2001 Laura Secord, A story of courage by Janet Lunn, Illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse, Published by Tundra Books
2001 R.C.M.P. Musical ride in Art: one man show, Huron County Museum, Goderich, Ontario
2000 Living with cars: one man show, Turner Gallery, Bayfield, Ontario
2000 Small places group show, The Gallery of Canadian Folk Art, Calgary
1999 Windows a winter works, in Antique windows: one man show, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver
1994 Commissioned to paint the original “Black bear, Blackcomb, Blacktusk” for B.C. Tel Mobility Winter,, Classic Charity Fund-raiser. Posters and art cards were produced from the original, painting which was also sold as part of the fund-raiser.
1993 Exhibit featuring Maxwell Newhouse and William Kurelek: two man show, Woltjen Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
1991 Exhibited at Doheny Gallery: one man show, Vancouver, B.C.
1989 Carmanah: Artistic Visions of an Ancient Rainforest, Participated in a group exhibition including works by Bateman, Jensen, Onley, Shadbolt, Smith and Vickers, provided works which were also published in the exhibitions companion book.
1977 I stopped showing my art and began concentration more on the craft of drawing, studying and looking for a new direction for my art a total of ten years of research.
1976 Artist and His Collection Exhibition, Victoria art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
1975 Four Seasons of the Canadian Flag: one man show, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1974 Concerto with Sledgehammer and Cement, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1972 History Makers: two man show, Avelles Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1971 Discoveries, a group exhibition, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C.
1970 Created the conceptual drawings of his part in Carmanah:, Artistic Visions of the Ancient Visions of the Ancient Rainforest, The project of growing roots over geometric forms (Originally for the law offices of McIsaac, Sinclair, &Clark)
1962- Studied art, experimenting with projects ranging from folk crafts
1969 through poster art and various other media, self-taught in fine-art
This period prepared him for acceptance into the third year program in the Vancouver School of Art.