Maxwell Hyett is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist. His work explores issues of meaning, simultaneity, and the relationship between language and reality. These issues emerge primarily as a concern with information and its reception: how is information made; where do we keep it; how do we retrieve it; and how does it translate through these processes? Maxwell develops these ideas by creating collisions between synonyms and related terms to question the unavoidable connections we make between symbols and learned meaning. His recent work uses relief sculpture and laser cutting techniques to explore these ideas.
Maxwell holds a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto and is currently represented by Galerie Youn in Montreal. He has shown in both Canada and Italy at events and venues such as: Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, and The British Institute in Florence. Maxwell was the recipient of the Josephine Polera Entrance Scholarship and the Av Isaacs Award.
Maxwell has been heavily influenced by, and draws inspiration from, medieval manuscripts, mythology, and structuralist/post-structuralist theory. These influences mark an aesthetic and conceptual focus on the context through which we access information, knowledge and wisdom.