Maxime's portrait of Alan Turing
About The Artist
Maxine has painted throughout her life. She is dyslexic, and by her own account is pleased to be so. Whilst it posed difficulties for her growing up, she believes it forced her to become fearlessly independent, and to view life through different eyes to most, channelling the visual side of her brain to attain heightened awareness of colour, tone, and shape.
Maxime paints in all mediums, but oils are her first love. Her work includes portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, figuratives, and animals. She is a well-known equine artist having painted portraits of several of the racehorses owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the racing legend Desert Orchid; a recent commission was for a 85ft mural of life-size horses galloping through the sea.
Maxime is justly proud of her portrait of Alan Turing. This work includes symbolic references to Turing’s work and death, amongst them an Enigma coding machine. It has been recognised by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London and is registered in their archives, although the NPG regulatory guidelines do not permit it to be admitted to their collection as the work was executed posthumously. The portrait was displayed at the inaugural ICO sponsored Alan Turing Lecture in 2012 where Maxime met Alan Turing’s nephew Sir John Dermot. The painting will appear as an illustration in a new book, ‘The Turing Guide’ written by renowned Turing scholar Jack Copeland, which will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2017.
Maxime has painted many portraits from life, including that of the current MP for West Dorset, Sir Oliver Letwin, and a number of well-known characters from her adopted home town of Lyme Regis.
In 1993 Maxime’s life and career were almost ended by an horrific horse riding accident. She was lucky to survive devastating back and lung injuries, but worse was to come when she began to lose her eyesight. Fortunately for Maxime, her doctors eventually established that the accident had triggered the formation of cataracts and were able to successfully replace her damaged lenses. Thanks to her irrepressible personality and energy she bounced back with more passion than ever for art and life.
Maxime has most recently been working on a series of paintings depicting the winners of the BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing programme in which celebrities are paired up with professional dancers to compete for the much coveted ‘Glitterball Trophy’. The paintings have generated considerable media interest and Maxime has appeared on Breakfast TV, BBC Spotlight (SW regional news programme), and BBC Radio Solent as well as in several print articles.