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The Ever Appealing Backstreets Of Aix-en-provence

Description : Wandering the backstreets of Aix-en-Provence provides great inspiration for paintings - many intimate corners and gathering places around cafes, bars and shops. The little groups of locals present an endless supply of interesting combinations of colours and shapes. I was very taken by this enclosed junction of two laneways, with its small businesses and refreshment spots. A real oasis away from the busier parts of town.

NRN # : 000-1287-0188-01

DIMENSIONS : (Height - 61.00 cm X Width - 51.00 cm )

Medium on Base : Oil on Canvas Board

Genre : Streetscape

Status : Not Currently for Sale Online

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Copyright : © Graham (max) Walker

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I have been painting in oils and pastels for about twenty-five years, based in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Of recent times, after visits to France, the streets, buildings and people of France have provided inspiring material for me, but I find beauty and interest in many other places. Landscapes and streetscapes tend to be my principal subject matter.  My way of working is as a tonalist and colourist - I believe that fidelity of the tonal relationships is the central building block to establishing a meaningful work, and then colour can be used to give a painting excitement and vitality. However, as Marcel Proust stated: "...style for the writer, no less than colour for the painter, is a question not of technique but of vision". 

Thus my approach strives to combine tonal faithfulness and colour vibrancy in pursuit of a vision: to interpret distinctive, memorable moments in the landscape and urban surrounds which excite emotions and stimulate memories in the viewer - forming a responsive connection.

More specifically, I really enjoy portraying those special moments that seize our attention and stimulate the senses, yet experiences that can be fleeting such as an evocative street scene that may last just seconds, a grouping of people in an interesting urban environment, or a striking combination of shapes and colours in a city view. To this end, quite a few of my paintings are perceptual and sensory in nature. The words of John Berger resonnate with me: "Art is an organised response to what nature allows us to glimpse occasionally". The point is to execute the organised response using emotions and sensations as much as intellect.

I have been influenced to varying degrees by the Australian tonalists (such as Meldrum), the Scottish colourists and the Barbizon school. The works of Rupert Bunny and Charles Conder have great appeal for me. I also admire painters who just did their own thing, without reference to dogma - Maurice Utrillo comes to mind. In terms of workshops and advice, I have received guidance from tutors such as Peter Smales, Ross Patterson, Yvonne Audette; John Wilson (Sydney); and Regina Hona. However, my painting style, my artistic "signature", and what I want to express to the viewer, are entirely my own and I am pleased to say that I am still on that exciting journey of challenge and discovery.

I sign my pictures as Max Walker, using the long-standing nick name of Max. Sobriquets are endearing as they form a special link between the person and the group of contacts or friends who use them.

Artshow: Kilmore Art Expo
Title: Early Morning, Small Town
Award: Highly Commended
 
Artshow: U3A Knox Art Show
Title: Big Southern Sky
Award: Second Prize, Oil Painting Category
Sponsor: U3A
Prize: $100
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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