Artist statement - Artist/painter/tutor

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


The post-impressionist's mark-making and bold handling of colour giving such vibrant results has influenced me greatly.  However, the tonal work of Dutch master Rembrandt inspires and invigorates me by the emotion and strength of each piece.

With this in mind, I follow a quest to make my paintings display interesting form, values that sing with light 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 strive to portray my vision with a sense of 'being there', a looseness that requires some interpretation and a painterly feel as my application is carried out with thought and intent.

I find the glancing light to be beguiling, backlit scenes 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 of subject.  I have spent so much time studying human form and relishing the struggles that portrait, figure whether in context or as simple studies demand.

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.