Max Mannix Spirit of the Outback Exhibition Thursday August 18th – Sunday August 21st 2022

4 days
Thu 18 Aug
- Sun 21 Aug
Morpeth Gallery 5 Green Street Morpeth NSW 2321

You can enjoy the spirit of the outback – wherever you live with a Max Mannix original painting.

Max Mannix will display his art Exhibition of 76 original paintings at Morpeth Gallery commencing 18th August until Sunday 21st August 2022.

Max’s art captures the vivid colours, the sense of space and the spiritual quality of the outback in ways very few artists can emulate. Max paints slowly adding more and more details to his canvas that you see the more you study his work. He paints on canvas board and stretched canvas with 30 different coloured oils. He doesn’t premix his colours on his palette, he uses pure pigment of paint straight to the canvas…hence the vibrancy. Max can’t start a new painting until he knows the title of the painting, it comes first before he puts a line or mark on the canvas. With every other artist, the name of the painting comes last. His technique catches the vivid colours of the outback, the scratchiness of saltbush and Mallee vegetation, and the general weathered-ness and falling-down-ness of eaten-out cattle country. The technique, which he has developed depends on the dryness of the semi-desert air, is almost effortless, but that doesn’t make the results any less true or moving.

You don’t get Max until you realise that the figures that line the rails at his bush races and raise their glasses at the bush picnic are all ghosts. His lanky drovers are all long gone but the hot earth that grins through their transparent figures is still there. The gates really do hang as lop-sided and gaping as he paints them. Max’s best work, like a true bushman, is alight with humour and passion – not that the people who have never been outback would understand.

Painting dogs with bony ribs is one of Max’s distinctive touches. Where did this idea come from? The answer is from his 20 years of droving cattle experience and working with dogs on massive cattle stations in far western Queensland. Dogs are among Max’s most popular and most identifiable images. Dogs are not merely convenient subjects for him to draw and paint, especially in the outback town of Thargomindah, but they are also a powerful metaphor for society at large. Max has exhibited all over the world, including America and people have a uniform love of dogs and relate to the skinny ones he paints. Max has also illustrated several books.

Supporting Max will be wildlife artists James Hough and Garry Fleming who will also be in residence during the exhibition Thursday August 18th to Sunday 21st August 10am-5pm. Entry is free.