Artist statement - Artist/painter/tutor

Max Hale living and working in the south-west of England

 

My base has always been drawing, the root of all visual art. Whatever an artist's work, it relies so much on the confidence of the 'seeing' process developed when you can draw. It's the one vital element which enables the visualisation process as the painting process takes on its own identity.

As a tonal painter, the extraordinary paintings of Dutch master Rembrandt inspire and invigorate me by the emotion and strength of each piece.

I adore the human as subject matter yet I am never constrained by giving myself limits. The challenges that other genres present are lost as I immerse myself in the way light guides my emotive response.

I follow a quest to make my paintings display commanding form, values that sing with light and colour. A dynamism that speaks the message I endeavour to tell from deep within my soul. This is in each and every painting.

I adore moving my focus from one medium to another, I 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 breaks 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 I endorse 'ars longa vita Brevis'

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Paint 1-2-1 with Max in his private studio

Many artists have periods where personal tuition from a professional tutor is beneficial.  It could be to help with a process causing uncertainty within your work style. These are often missed in group sessions. Alternatively, a day or two soaking up a working artists' practice will give fresh thoughts into how you approach your own work. Whatever it is you wish to learn 1-2-1 sessions are hugely valuable.

Max is opening his private studio for limited days, including some weekends for one artist to join him for individual tuition.