Blog 1708 Maxberry Kurtdavies 8

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

04 Aug. 2017 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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