Who is Sidney Maurer?
From the age of seventeen, Sidney Maurer’s career went from strength to strength. Sid began as assistant director at Columbia Records, earning an extra income playing the trumpet for local Jazz clubs. During his time there, the music industry took to the stars with Maurer in tow as he began working on album covers and promotional material for popular bands with his co-worker Andy Warhol.
Andy soon left to pursue a career in “serious” art. Sid rapidly expanded his commercial projects undertaking a variety of work within the music and film industries. Serendipity shined on him as one avenue led to another, getting in contact with well-known artists from Pollack to Rauschenberg. His artwork heavily influenced by these industry pioneers as he continued to develop his unique style.
The sixties saw him continue to work for the music industry where he produced artwork for the British recording artist Donovan, developing album artwork, posters and a film for Warner Brothers. His artwork began to gain recognition, building a reputation as a painter with his work appearing in galleries in Los Angeles, New York and Paris.
Running in the 90's
From the nineties onwards, Sidney Maurer has continued to focus on his passion for painting. His move to Atlanta would be his last as he pursued his dream, developing a catalog of work and personal style. Commissions include legendary artists such as David Bowie, Boy George and his friend Donovan. He celebrates visionaries and pioneers within our culture including musicians, sports and film icons that have made an impact upon us as a society.
His style has progressed to a blend of bold, contrasting textured strokes to methodically positioned typographical elements. The result is a compositional style similar to that of a graphic designer entwined with the raw passion of a painter. His work provokes as much as his words:
"Wake up America! Celebrate your country and its symbols of freedom. We Americans have had many father figures: Washington, Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, among them. They belong not only in our hearts and memories, but also on the walls of our homes, workplaces, and public buildings; they deserve that honor." – Sidney Maurer