PAINTINGS OF MAX REIF
a small child I liked to use perspective to draw Havana-like, royal
palm-lined streets full of bistros. I did very little visual
art, however, once my 7th grade art teacher flunked me on a
still-life project I'd felt very proud of.
At the University of Cincinnati a decade
later, I took a painting course to "try something different."
I didn't even know how to behave in an art studio. Trying to look
inconspicuous, I got out a tiny brush and began doing a line-painting
of the easel directly in front of me. My teacher, Mr. Foster, walked
up to me, placed my biggest brush in my hand, and said "Use lots of
color and have fun!"
As you can see on the pages that follow,
I did both. Painting initiated me into one of the great adventures
of my life. It eventually led me to the New York Art Students' League,
to many one-man and group shows, and to being "handled"
for a time by the Broadway Gallery of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
What follow are really visual records
of intense or sublime experiences, which you, as viewer, may now enter
from the Myrtle Beach SUN TIMES
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own":
(A recent short story of mine about the
profound Healing power of Art, in my own
life. Published in THE MINDFUL WORD.)
Remains Is the Essence,"
the home pages of Max Reif
Hall of Famous Jokes", whimsical
prose, songs, and
DAYS AND PRESCHOOL DAYS, TOO
a book about working and playing with children
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Art Products of Max Reif
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