Max D. Standley
Paintings and Etchings


Visionary artist, Max D. Standley, was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1942. He was an artist to the core of his being: for almost 40 years his prodigious talent allowed him to live and breathe art. He lived reclusively with his wife on a secluded 40 acres, deep in the forests of Arkansas. This lifestyle gave him the freedom to immerse himself in his oil painting, engraving, poetry and drawing -- the result was intimate paintings that vibrate with his intensity. Standley's work begins in the realm of realism, and develops with hints of biomorphic and magical imagery, showing a depth that continues to surprise, delight and move us.

"My work is a part I play in nature's drama and is a form of self development," said Standley. "Archetypical symbolism is an integral part of the process." Standley felt that the symbols speak to others on a conscious and unconscious level, allowing them to connect to his vision of the world.

 

In Memoriam: The Vision of Max D. Standley
A look back to the late Max D. Standley's work featuring never before exhibited oil paintings and etchings.
June 7 — August 31, 2014

Join us for a celebration of Max's life and art.
Opening reception:
Friday June 13th 6-8pm

in conjunction with Northampton's Arts Night Out

Immersion

Max lived reclusively and surrounded by nature.  He examined the world around him and gave even the smallest elements presence enough to completely command the viewer’s attention, while fitting, like an enormous puzzle, into a greater integrated whole.


Luna
11" x 14"

Columbine Magic
16" x 20"

Dreamlit
20" x 24"

Evening Bloom
11" x 14"

Fungi Festivals
5" x 7"

Forest Edge
18" x 24"

Lichen Festival
8" x 10"

Autumn Moods
12" x 8"

Swimmer's Landscape
16" x 20"

Water and Growth

The water in Max's paintings is not only a wellspring of life but a place where a host of creatures come into being and continually intensify and change. Whether the water is a torrent or just a droplet, it is a vital catalyst in many of his works.


Abode of the Sages
14" x 12"

Is Liquid Light Waves or Particles
16" x 10"

Angel Falls
30" x 24"

Below the Source
24" x 30"

Conference
16" x 20"

Daredeviltry
28" x 30"

Enticement
12" x 16"

Fertility
12" x 16"

Awareness
11" x 14"

Learning Curves
12" x 17"

Seeder
12" x 14"

The Butterfly Effect
18" x 24"

The Light Wells Creation
20" x 24"

Wet Way
11" x 14"

Where the Water Falls
18" x 24"

Evolution and Time

Standley's world is inhabited equally by the living and the spirits of the dead, while the fossils are as alive as the plants and animals. The spiral is one of his favorite symbols for the slow constant change of evolution.


A Turn for the Better
11" x 14"

Ancient Shoreline
16" x 20"

Balanced Metaphor
20"x 30"

Fear of Dying
5" x 7"

Fluid Spiral
5" x 7"

Full of Years
10" x 8"

Old Span
10.5" x 25"

Oldtimer
5" x 7"

Passage
6" x 9"

Transforming Spiral
11" x 14"

Viewpoints
16" x 20"

Expansion
5" x 7"

Sanctuary

The natural world had always been a safe haven for Max, a place where he can feel unified with all the forces at work around him and find his place within them. Sometimes it is in the forest as a whole, and other times he finds sanctuary in a sheltered corner or even a space under a log.


Deep Woods Pond
18" x 24"

Safe Harbor
16" x 20"

Going Home
18" x 24"

Refuge
16" x 20"

Summer Idyll
16" x 20"

Sanctuary Light
18" x 24"

Thoughts on Nesting
16" x 24"

Drawing from Life
24" x 30"

Apple Valley Overlook
16" x 20"

Structure

Many of Max's paintings play on the underlying structures of both world's we live in, the tangible, and the intangible, which he brings equally to our attention. He delves into theoretical issues such as quantum mechanics and fractals as well as the zodiac, but he also glories in physical structures, such as the delicate veins of a single leaf.


Aura
8" x 10"

Divine Geometry of the Toad Revealed
11" x 14"

Quantums of Uncertainty
20" x 16"

Sacred Geometry in Frog Heaven Consciousness
12" x 16"

The Laceleafs
5" x 7"

Union
5" x 7"

Rhythms
12" x 16"

Watchful
30" x 40"

Parallel Harmony
16" x 24"

Lucidity

Max has stated: "Art can lead us to a more spiritual reality." Many of his works illustrate a parallel existence where our conventional ideas drop away and the viewer can clearly see the forces and denizens that dwell within.


A Natural Story
8" x 10"

Climbing
20" x 24"

Dragonfly Catcher
11" x 11"

Fetch
6" x 10"

Haunted Jack
5" x 7"

Feather Visions
16" x 20"

Light Flight
18" x 24"

Magic Light Dragon
16" x 20"

Quantum Entanglement
30" x 48"

Secrets of the Leaves
12" x 16"

The Dragon's Life
20" x 30"

The Watcher
8" x 10"

Experimental
11" x 14"

Uplifted
7" x 5"

Through the Veil
8" x 10"

Environmentalism and History

Standley's work bears witness to the degradation of the environment through pollution and carelessness. The same goes for his historical perspective. His Trail of Tears series portrays America’s injustice towards its native people.


Kindred Spirits Visit the Parthenon Columns
24" x 48"

Aspects of Reflection
14" x 11"


Concerned Citizens
20" x 24"


Nightfall on the Trail of Tears
24" x 30"

On the Trail of Tears
18" x 24"

Forced Moved (Trail of Tears)
18" x 24"

Arrival in Indian Territory
24" x 36"

The One Less Traveled By
24" x 48"

Bald Eagles Explore Mt. Rushmore
18" x 24"
Engravings

A Rare Sight
3" x 6"

Aquanat
2" x 3"

Athenas Search
6" x 8"

Autumn
6" x 6"

Beech
2" x 3"

Birth
6" x 8"

Blue Iris
3" x 4.25"

Celebration
3.75" x 6"

Clearing
4" x 5"

Darter
2" x 3"

Encounter
8" x 5"

Flight
4.5" x 6.25"

Fluid Reality
6" x 8"

Fossil Journey
4" x 5"

Fractals World
4" x 4.75"

Freeflowing
2" x 3"

Fungi
5" x 7.5"

Getting a Drink
6" x 4"

Growing
4" x 5"

Left Eye of Horus
2" x 3"

Music Maker
2" x 3"

Ode to Ferns
3" x 5"

Our Cosmic Nature
5" x 7"

Passage
3" x 4"

Portal Passage
6" x 8"

Quiet Moment
4" x 6"

Radiance
3.75" x 4.75"

Rose Mandala
7" x 5"

Serenity
3" x 5"

Spring Peeper
6" x 6"

Take Off
3" x 6"

Tricksters Lament
2" x 3"

Water Worn
8.75" x 6"

With the Flow
3" x 5"

Young Buck
2"

Symbol of Eternity
4" x 5"
     

 

 

 

Featured Artwork
Additional Artwork by Max D. Standley
including video of the artist discussing his work.

Quantum Entanglement
30" x 48"
video

Sacred Geometry...
12" x 16"
video

Full of Years
10" x 8"
video

Is Liquid Light Waves...
16" x 10"
video

Invisible Horizon
5.5" x 10"
video

Gift of Perennial Rebirth
16" x 16"
video

Movie Memories
8" x 10"
video

Evaluating
18" x 24"

Short Cut
18" x 24"

Lessons (Not for Sale)
15" x 21"
video

Time Traveling
16" x 20"

The Eternal Quest
20" x 30"

Out of the Primordial Ooze
15" x 20"

Autumn Leap
13" x 20"

Awareness
11" x 14"

Conference
16" x 20"

Tranquil Pool
11" x 24"

Enticement
12" x 16"

Drawing Conclusions
16" x 20"

Submerged Imagery
5" x 7"

Union
5" x 7"

Bigfoots Morning Glory
7" x 5"

Fluid Feeling
8" x 10"

Fountain of Truth II
20" x 24"

Evening Bloom
11" x 14"

Exploring the Vortex
8" x 10"

Footloose
9" x 11"

Feather Visions
16" x 20"

Illumination
20" x 24"

Inspiration Self Portrait
11" x 14"

Intrusion
12" x 16"

Open Flow
18" x 24"

Escape
12" x 16"

Light and Shadow
8" x 10"

Light Gathering
30" x 40"

Longview Notch
8" x 10"

Longview
5" x 7"

Transcendence
18" x 24"

Metamorphosis
12" x 16"

Mind Shift
8" x 10"

Secrets of the Leaves
12" x 16"

New Light on the Oxbow
18" x 24"

Viewpoints
16" x 20"

Where the Water Falls
18" x 24"

Illuminated Jewel
8" x 10"

Seedsower
16" x 20"

Aspects of Reality
5" x 7"

Queen of the Forest
12" x 16"
       

Trail of Tears
Series

Forced Move
18" x 24"

Nightfall on the Trail of Tears — 24" x 30"

On the Trail of Tears
18" x 24"


Arrival in Indian Territory
24" x 36"

The Trail of Tears
Giclée Print:


Catalogue
Please contact the gallery to order a catalogue of select works by Max D. Standley.

Links

Max D. Standley’s personal website.

Pictures from Max D. Standley’s opening reception on October of 2005.

Read an article from the Gazette on Max D. Standley’s work. (PDF; 168KB)