Prodigy frontman Maxim burnt his artwork after the death of Keith Flint

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The Prodigy’s Maxim has told Metro that he burnt his artwork “like a bonfire in the backgarden,” following the death of bandmate Keith Flint.

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“Over 10 years ago, I had this concept of doing some artwork with people who’d passed away at 27 and died from drug overdoses. The 27 Club – people like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison,” reveals Maxim.

As a lot of the deaths were drug-related, Maxim experimented with using pills while making the pieces, something that “quite a few people started [doing with] their art” after the Prodigy frontman.

In 2019, Keith Flint was found dead at his home with a concoction of drugs in his body, with it heavily suspected that the Prodigy member had committed suicide.

“After he died I destroyed [the art collection],” said Maxim, as it “didn’t feel like it was right” to keep it.

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‘The Fat of the Land’ was formed by producer Liam Howlett, joined by Maxim, Flint, Leeroy Thornhill and dancer Sharkey.

The band grew to global stardom, selling 10 million copies of its studio album ‘The Fat of the Land’ in 1997 and headlining Glastonbury later that year.

However it wasn’t always easy for the stars, as Flint explained to Metro that “the problem is, you’ve got shitloads of cash and shitloads of time and all you’re doing is looking for a buzz.”

“I’d line up rows of pills and just take them and take them and I’d lose track of how many until I passed out … I did fuck all, really, apart from being a jerk.”

Maxim has now rejected that sort of lifestyle, reflecting that while he used to bring a hip flask onto stage with brandy in it, he now asks “someone to bring me a green tea” for when he comes off stage.

The artist has today launched a new solo exhibition at Clarendon Fine Art in Covent Garden.

[via Metro]

You can purchase pieces from Maxim’s exhibition here

Tibor Heskett is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow him on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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