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Painter Max Berry about fear, Banksy and Papaya

Max Berry's thing are paintings, landscape paintings. He paints a picture full of natural, warm colors, that are very attractive to the viewer and make you want to morph into his world.

He grew up in Kather­ine, North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry and is now liv­ing in Syd­ney. His lat­est exhi­bi­tion, which was very well received, was called Return to Slow” and it was a show full of Ire­land land­scape mag­ic, whom Max Berry cre­at­ed in answer to his res­i­den­cy in Ire­land. For this year he has a solo exhi­bi­tion com­ing up in August, and he is plan­ning a vis­it to a small town called Hill End (which is noto­ri­ous in Aus­tralian art his­to­ry) to vis­it his men­tor Lino Alvarez, a Mex­i­can ceram­i­cist and chef as well as the oth­er res­i­dent artists.

When did you know you want to be an artist?

What makes you want to paint?
I reck­on there’s a very basic almost pri­mal feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion from mak­ing new works, I haven’t found any­thing else that can offer this feel­ing. I’m lucky enough to be in a posi­tion to sus­tain an art prac­tice, so I’m going to give it a red hot go.

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Do you think your work has a con­sis­tent style?
I hope peo­ple can iden­ti­fy my work, my style or cer­tain ges­tures but at the same time I guess it’s also weigh­ing up the desire to evolve and exper­i­ment. I think it’s impor­tant to be wary of devel­op­ing crutch­es as if you were using a lim­it­ed vocab­u­lary, works can become stale this way. But I’m always chew­ing over new ideas and new medi­ums to work with, and I cer­tain­ly aim to imbue each with some­thing of a con­sis­tent style, it’s a bal­anc­ing act.

Anselm Adams once said, Land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy is the supreme test of the pho­tog­ra­ph­er — and often the supreme dis­ap­point­ment.” Do you think same can be applied to land­scape paint­ings?
Oh yes! The supreme dis­ap­point­ment. Pho­tog­ra­phy or paint­ing, very few cap­ture the true sense of time or place. The most dif­fi­cult or the most reward­ing part is in obsess­ing and select­ing what record and how. I’ve stum­bled on many places that are tired or unin­spired, yet once back in the stu­dio or months lat­er can real­ly res­onate, it’s these places that I’m most excit­ed about, these types of places that I want to test myself with.

How long are you usu­al­ly work­ing on a paint­ing?
It can fluc­tu­ate awful­ly, some­times min­utes and oth­ers up to months. I work on a bunch at once, arrayed on the wall and work on whichev­er holds my atten­tion that day. Usu­al­ly, I rotate around a dozen at a time, often more than one at a time.

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How do you know when to stop work­ing on a suc­cess­ful work?
The ulti­mate dilem­ma! Prob­a­bly why I have end­ed up work­ing on a bunch at once. I guess it’s eas­i­er to nego­ti­ate with myself if there’s anoth­er work stand­ing by which needs atten­tion I can jus­ti­fy leav­ing one to be eval­u­at­ed lat­er on. In my expe­ri­ence, you can not be pre­cious, and you should trust your instincts. Fear is the mind killer.

What makes some­one an artist?

Do you feel like an adult?
Briefly, but the moment has passed.

Do you think child­ish­ness is impor­tant to be cre­ative?
In the sense that you can aban­don all pre­con­ceived ideas of cre­ativ­i­ty and dis­miss all your life­time of expe­ri­ence, then yes.

Can you name a few artists whose work you admire the most?
Isamu Noguchi, Wendy Sharpe, Le Cor­busier, Hen­ri Carti­er Bres­son, Geor­gia O’Keefe, Ian Fair­weath­er. Those are the artists whose books are at the moment, off the shelf.

What is your favorite art­work?
Sol Lewitt’s Struc­tures”

What kind of art did you like ten years ago, and what kind of art do you like today?
All of it now and all of it then.

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Who is the most over­rat­ed artist and who the most under­rat­ed artist?
Banksy, Claes Oldenburg.

What is one thing most peo­ple don’t know about you?
My favorite food is Papaya.

And last­ly, could you live with­out art?
I don’t think I would spon­ta­neous­ly com­bust, but I’d most like­ly be grumpy.

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Pho­to by Kurt Davies

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