My work looks at iconography and how any subject, no matter how obscure or banal, can be elevated to the realm of divinity simply through the way in which it is presented. I create through automatic painting, building up a landscape of apparent symbols with disparate meanings, creating a distorted world of fractured narratives. I make use of found imagery, pop culture reference, and imagined scenarios or interactions to inform my subject matter.
Mysticism and the representation of objects of adoration really interest me. My work draws influence from medieval illumination and ancient worshiped figurines, as well as the Surrealist concepts underpinning dreamscapes, and Freud’s concept of the uncanny. Colour theory and the historical utilisation of certain pigments inform my palette, coupled with an interest in exploring the alchemical aspects of paint - making mediums and engaging with archaic or relatively lost approaches to using materials.
I work largely in oils, but use any medium appropriate to create the effect I want. My process involves mentally collaging images, developed in line with the sampled soundscapes of producers like Madlib and J Dilla. I constantly keep sketchbooks to improve my level of draughtsmanship and as a means of understanding how to automatically compose with dissimilar images.
Studying the techniques of Old Masters and transcribing works aid my understanding of the technical application of theories of paint and colour that I read. Studying anatomy is also an important part of my practice; learning about the structure of the human form enables me to manipulate such forms.
Max was born in South East London in 1997. He studied Fine Art at Thomas Tallis School before undertaking a Fine Art Foundation Diploma at Camberwell. Max is currently studying for a degree in Fine Art at City and Guilds.
Member of In the Studio.