The artist made the announcement as warnings emerge of the LGBTQ+ community being at increased risk of suicide and depression if observing lockdown in unsupportive or abusive homes.
It has been confirmed that Maxwell Fine is donating a percentage of
the sales of his dynamic typographical prints and sculptures to the helpline, Switchboard.
As a long term supporter of the LGBTQ+ charity, the artist and designer has used the helpline himself while in a self-destructive relationship to try to help his partner who was paralysed by the fear of coming out to his family. While the couple eventually split, Fine later channelled his heartbreak into his artwork ,lifting the words from real-life conversations with his ex-
partner to create work.
Throughout his work, Fine aims to challenge the stigma surrounding LGBTQ+ relationships by offering a glimpse into moments of
unadulterated lust and delight.
Having trained at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art before embarking on a decade-long career in Art Direction for TV and Advertising working with artists such as Ed Sheeran,Eminem and Lady Gaga, he opened the Maxwell Fine Studio with the simple mission of creating loud and proud work that raises awareness for LGBTQ+ issues in 2018.
Talking about the impact of Coronavirus is having on the LGBTQ+ community, Natasha Walker, Co-Chair of Switchboard said: “Almost every single call we are taking now features increased anxiety and isolation because of Covid-19. It’s magnifying existing situations people may be in already such as domestic violence, transphobia, biphobia and homophobia, and of course loneliness. It’s so important that we can get the message out to everyone that we exist, that we are still open and that you can still reach us. We have been here for the LGBTQ+ communities since 1974 and we have no plans to stop now.”
To get a glimpse of the artwork on sale visit: https://www.maxwellfinestudio.co.uk/store