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Despite having enthusiastically embraced the worlds of photography and music, I find myself continually returning to my first love: painting. I was formally schooled in the visual arts at what was then called the Ontario College of Art, followed by the University of Guelph. I’ve been participated in group and solo exhibitions since 1980.
Among my most persistent influences are the American Abstract Expressionists and Canada’s own Group of Seven, but other artists like Paterson Ewen and Gerhard Richter have also inspired me. In a more contemporary sense, I’m also intrigued by the ubiquity and incessant interconnectedness of modern media – particularly those strange places where painting, photography, typography and music stream together.
Ultimately it’s the stuff of paint itself which inform and direct my energy: materials and their surfaces, the push and pull of illusory space, the meat and texture of paint, the nature of light, and the surprising power of suggestion – both directly primal and unpredictably lateral.
I work as a graphic designer in Toronto’s film and television industry and live in Leslieville.
(images to come; until then check out Max’s website by clicking on link below)