Max Berry is an Australian artist currently living and working in Sydney.
He is a painter usually depicting vast dream-like landscapes and still lives with reoccurring imagery and symbolism. His works are playful and wondrous and filled with beautiful shadows. The reoccurring image of the house evokes a simultaneous sense of nostalgia and belonging.
His studio is located in an industrial neighbourhood, above an old print shop. I’m always intrigued to see where artists set up and call their studio!
Describe your ideal workspace in three words clean, functional, natural light
Does the space you work in have an interesting story? unused office space
Do you work and live in the same space, if so how does that affect your work? No, but some days i wish i didn’t have to leave.
How would you describe your neighborhood? as a thoroughfare
What can you see outside your windows? car dealership
Describe a real life mundane situation that inspires you? riding a bicycle
What themes do you pursue in your work? Max Berry is most easily found documenting landscape from the fantasy of daydream, where vastness is digested through transport and the conveyance of self. A shift in outlook. Drawing upon on a shared common experience, he utilizes international residencies and regional trips within Australia to gather material. The resulting works are a testimony to a landscape tradition which lies at the center of both traditional painting practice and the Australian experience
What is your dream project? To build my own home
Favourite song/band while working? Ryuichi Sakamoto
What's the best advice you've been given and from whom? ‘live simply by simply living’ in found paper.
What is your most important artist's tool? 2.4meter mobile mirror
What mindset/mood do you make your best art/work? belly full and heart easy
When you day dream in your space and just lose yourself in thought, what are you thinking or worrying about? thinking about light and shadow worrying about lunch