Upon a midlife crisis near age 50, New Zealand-based artist Max Gimblett moved from the non-referential, hard-edged geometry of his early work to a new, defining frontier of his oeuvre. In an exit from the formalist paintings he created in the "Radical Painting" group in San Francisco, Gimblett began his best known work which he painted on canvases in a variety of unconventional shapes, most notably the four-petaled quatrefoil (a shape loaded with both Eastern and Western religious symbolism.) In object-based paintings, Gimblett uses materials such as silver and gold leaf and contemporary polymers like epoxy, plaster, and resin, ultimately achieving a surface likened to porcelain. He works quickly and gesturally, armed with an extensive variety of rollers, mops, and brushes. Gimblett is also known for his Japanese ink drawings, whose gestural calligraphy informs his larger, abstract paintings.

selected solo exhibitions

Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “50 Years of Drawing” 
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. “The Art of Remembrance”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “One Day in the Afternoon of the Gods”
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. "New Paintings"
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand. “ The Universe: Max Gimblett”


Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “The Rising Sun” 
St. David’s Church, Auckland. “The Art of Remembrance”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Sea of Dragons”
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Paradise Valley”


Kashya Hildebrand, London. “Love Conquers All”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “The Gold Thread”
Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Heavenly Creatures”
The Village Zendo, New York. “boundless way”


Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “On A Clear Day”
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “All That Is”


Gary Snyder Gallery, New York. “Max Gimblett—The Holy Grail”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Ballad of the South Pacific”    
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. "Max Gimblett—New Works on Paper"
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. "Max Gimblett—New York, New York"
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Damien Hirst / Max Gimblett—The Beauty and Brutality     of Fact”


Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. “The Word of God” curated by Eric Shiner
Kenyon College, Kenyon, Ohio. “Oxherding - in collaboration with Lewis Hyde”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze” (catalog) 
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “on the shores of infinity” 
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Perfect Mirror”


Japan Society, New York. “Oxherding—in collaboration with Lewis Hyde”
ICA, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME. “Animal Speaking—a collaboration with Lewis Hyde”
Saatchi & Saatchi, New York. “Graceland” (catalog) 
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “Pacific Shrine” (catalog)


Haines Gallery, San Francisco. “The Night Sun” 
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “full fathom five”     
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. “white stone clear water” 

Gow Langsford Gallery, Christchurch. "Just Another F***ing Art Gallery"


Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. “Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery”
Columbia Rare book & Manuscript Library, New York.  Granary Books: The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary BooksMelanie Roger Gallery, Auckland. “Max Gimblett, Gavin Hurley, Martin Poppelwell & Emily Wolfe—Group Show”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Artist Catalogue”
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, New York. “2015 Annual Gala”


Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch, New Zealand. “Dark Arts: Twenty Years of the Holloway Press”
Kashya Hildebrand, Seoul. “Korea International Art Fair” Kashya Hildebrand, Miami. “Scope Miami”
Kashya Hildebrand, Abu Dhabi. “Abu Dhabi Art”
Kashya Hildebrand, Istanbul. “CI Contemporary Istanbul”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Spring Catalogue”


Gow Langsford Gallery, Christchurch. W.T Macalister’s Auction house, “Group Show”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “2013 Catalog Exhibition”


Gary Snyder Gallery, Miami Project, Miami Beach, Florida. Dalhousle Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Unbound: An Exhibition in three chapters,” curated by Heide Hatry.
The Atlantic Conference, Brooklyn, New York. "The Final Frontier," organized by Matt Jones.
Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. "Editions"
Jacks Point, Queenstown, New Zealand. "Group Exhibition"


80 WSE, New York, NY. "80 WSE Presents" curated by Peter Campus, Michael Cohen, Edward Holland, and Hugh O'Rourke.
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. "Permanent Collection"
Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA. “One Of A Kind - an exhibition of unique artist’s books” curated by Heide Hatry (catalog)
Gow Langsford Gallery. “The Green Bicycle” (book launch)
Gow Langsford Gallery. “Spring Catalog 2011” (catalog)


The Drawing Center, New York. “Drawing Gifts - 7th Annual Benefit Auction”
Center for Book Arts, New York. “Poems & Pictures, A Renaissance in the Art of the Book (1946-1981),” curated by Kyle Schlesinger
John Leech Gallery, Auckland. “New Zealand Masters: Cotton, Goldie, Gimblett, Walters, Hotere, Woollaston, Frizzell, Angus and Wero Taroi”
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. “Spring Catalog Exhibition”
QUT Art Museum, Brisbane. “Zen to Kawaii: the Japanese affect”
The Suter, Nelson, New Zealand. “West East”


Guggenheim Museum, New York.  “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989,” curated by Alexandra Munroe (January 30-April 19)
Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown. “The New Zealand Room”

selected group exhibitions

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen, Germany
The Getty Center, Los Angeles
New York University Art Collection, New York
Yale University, Beinecke Collection, New Haven
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

selected public and private collections