Maxon Crumb, The Monograph
A tireless experimenter, Maxon mixes graphite with gesso, oil paint with ink. He works on artist’s board, canvas, or wood panel—sometimes combining all three materials at once. Large areas of strong color may be traced over with the most delicate contrasting line or studded with tiny pools of luminosity. He is not prolific, however. His ink drawing and oil paintings, especially, are products of careful thought, preliminary explorations, and prodigious execution, resulting in only a handful of pieces each year.