Max Wade’s abstract paintings emerge from a long creative process where drawings of everyday objects and scenes morph and transform into multiple layers of colours. Scaled up, simplified, processed and adapted, these drawings are reduced to their critical forms and transformed into something new. Negative space is reversed and becomes positive, it is coated with hues and it asserts its own presence.
His practice of abstraction produces scenes whose near-recognisability starts an imaginative dialogue with the viewer, suggesting the memory of some half-forgotten places or experiences — traces of something tangible remain as tantalising footholds or prompts.
Max Wade (b. 1985) studied Fine Art Painting at Brighton University. Recent solo exhibitions of his work were held at: Cob Gallery, London (2019); Roz Barr Gallery, London (2016); The Annexe, London (2015) and future solo exhibition at Sid Motion gallery in September 2019. Residences include Artist’s workshop & Exchange, Muscat, Oman (2013) and Sofia, Bulgaria (2003).
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? William de Kooning.
Which work of art you wished you owned? ‘Piano Lesson’ by Henri Matisse.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? My sketchbooks.
Describe your studio in three words: Hot, airless, exciting.
Do you collect anything? I collect everything.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Philip Glass, Steve Riech, Alice Coltrane, Henryk Goreki, Nigerian pysch from the 70’s, William Basinski, Talking Heads.