Artist statement of Max Hale, artist/painter and art tutor living and working in the south-west of England
The post-impressionism's mark-making and bold handling of colour that gave such vibrant results have influenced my work greatly. I am inspired and invigorated by the emotion present in their paintings.
With this in mind, I follow a quest to make my work display interesting form, values that sing and colour that has relevance. A dynamism that speaks the message I endeavour to tell from deep within my soul. This is in each and every painting.
I always strive to portray my vision with a sense of 'being there' coupled with a looseness that requires some interpretation and a painterly feel as I apply with thought and intent.
I find the glancing light to be beguiling and a backlit scene will invariably take my eye. Light and its qualities are food and drink to me. I find subject matter everywhere although people in all situations are my first choice. I have spent so much time studying human form and relishing the struggles that portrait, figure whether in context or alone demand.
I adore moving my focus from one medium to another and fall in and out of love with each of them regularly. This along with my mix of subjects enhances my experience as much as it destroys any continuity. I find painting a delightful journey that gives me immense pleasure even though it can be a fickle mistress with far too much to explore, so 'ars longa vita Brevis' cannot be disputed.