MAX MACDONALD

maxmacdonald.art

Unruly Life
Unruly Life
Chaos Eater
Chaos Eater

2012 acrylic on canvas

Where You Least Expect
Where You Least Expect

2015 acrylic on canvas

Lombardy #2
Lombardy #2
Erosion
Erosion

2012 acrylic on canvas

Celestial Event II
Celestial Event II

2014 acrylic on canvas

A Succession of Veils
A Succession of Veils

2003 acrylic on canvas

The GAS Show
The GAS Show
Redlands
Redlands

c. late 1990's acrylic on panel

Nocturna
Nocturna

2006

Militia
Militia

1989 acrylic on canvas

Lava Lava, 2015 (M. MacDonald)
Lava Lava, 2015 (M. MacDonald)

2015 acrylic on canvas

L'Etranger
L'Etranger

2011 acrylic on canvas

Headland
Headland

2008 acrylic on panel

Led Balloon
Led Balloon

1980 acrylic on canvas

Mammon
Mammon

c. 1980 acrylic & metallic markers on panel

Memory Device
Memory Device

2014 mixed media on reclaimed wood

Buddha & detail
Buddha & detail

2009 acrylic on canvas

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Despite having enthusiastically embraced the worlds of photography and music, Max finds himself continually returning to his first love: painting. Max was formally schooled in the visual arts at what was then called the Ontario College of Art, followed by the University of Guelph. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions since 1980.

 

Among Max's most persistent influences are the American Abstract Expressionists and Canada's own Group of Seven, and other artists like Paterson Ewen and Gerhard Richter have also been an inspiration. In a more contemporary sense, Max is 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."

 

Max works as a graphic designer in Toronto's film and television industry and lives in Leslieville.