Max Berry

Across Max’s practice ‘place’ has emerged as a defining interest, where endless horizons
invite the viewer to consider the mediative quality of isolation. An atmosphere of stillness
permeates his work and speaks of the way that individuals navigate our world and the
importance of the ‘places’ we find shelter.
Recent works have focused on painting and photography, particularly in the expression
of the Australian landscape. Outdoor expeditions have been key to his studio practice,
leading to works that reveal an appreciation for the characteristics of light and atmosphere.
Views of hills, paths and towns that feature trees, houses or both make up majority
of his compositions and each highlight the reduction of forms to their essential shapes
so that narratives might form in those in-between places.
‘How can landscape, or the romantic ‘image’ of landscape be manipulated to express
nature as a symbol for ones experience. I’d like the most recent works to be a product of
process and form a synthesis of this experience. My own and shared experiences. ...I’m
very interested in distance and a loss of control. Im interested in form, contrast and simplicity
of line, I’m motivated by a desire to understand; my material is what lies
nearest at hand, the people and things I know best. I mostly enjoy shadows, roads,
steps and clouds.

Forest from Vila

Forest from Vila

Max Berry
57 x 38 cm

Acrylic and Oil on Linen

Born 1987 Katherine NT, Australia.
Lives and works Sydney NSW, Australia.
Bachelor of Design, College of Fine Arts.


2017 Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown Regional Art Gallery
2017 Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2017 Awarded The Christian Thomsen Award, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery
2017 Finalist Cossack Art Award, Bond Store, City of Karratha
2017 Finalist Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
2017 Finalist Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Memorial club
2016 Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown regional Art Gallery
2016 Finalist William Fletcher Foundation Scholarship, Artarmon Galleries
2016 Finalist St George Art Awards, Hurstville regional Art Gallery
2016 Finalist Pro Hart Outback art prize, Broken Hill regional Art Gallery
2016 Awarded San Safari Photography prize
2015 Awarded Lloyd Rees memorial Youth Art Award, Lane Cove Regional Art Gallery
2014 Finalist Wynne landscape prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2014 Finalist Chippendale New World Art Prize, NG Art Gallery
2014 Finalist Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Memorial club
2013 Selection Salon de refuse’ S.H. Ervin Gallery
2012 Selection Defiance small sculpture prize, Defiance Gallery
2012 Finalist Blake Prize, S.H. Ervin Gallery
2012 Finalist Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Memorial club
2010 Awarded Artstart grant, Australian Arts Council


2018 Serve the People, Milk Gallery, New York City
2017 Vehicle, Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney
2016 A Return to Slow, China Heights Gallery, Sydney.
2015 Domain, Spectrum Now, Sydney.
2014 The Inwardness of Place, China Heights Gallery, Sydney.
2013 Which Way Home, China Heights Gallery, Sydney
2012 All Things Lost, Nine Lives Gallery, Brisbane.
2011 Passenger, Harrison Galleries, Sydney.
2010 A Search For Ground in Higher Places, Oh Really Gallery, Sydney


2015 Cill Rialaig Art Center, IRE.


2016 Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, 5.11.16
2016 Houses magazine, Issue 109
2014 Artist Profile Magazine, July
2013 IDN Magazine, Volume 19no. 3

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