Whose Deal Is It


Whose Deal Is It Original Oil on Board 38cm x 31cm

In this scene Max has captured an outback drovers camp where four drovers are playing cards and have dropped their swags, billies, water bags and gear to make a dash for the card game.  It has been a big day, the drovers, have all come into the camp at the end of a hard day’s work to relax and there’s no better way than playing cards.  The Australian Outback is totally unique, and unlike anywhere else on this planet.  Even if you go camping it will be an adventure you’ll never have a travel experience quite like being in the Outback; Here they have swapped their beds for a swag, you will find that the phrase ‘sleeping under the stars’ quite literally meant sleeping in the open with nothing over you or around you whatsoever, and your fly net becomes your new best friend. “I’ve always painted people,” said Max… for Max this painting captures a typical scenario at a country camp.  They were very happy to see that they were all looking forward to a card game, and that it didn’t take much to convince my mate to join us around the card game before dinner.

Max is an Australian artist schooled out in the bush among the colourful characters he now paints. His vivid paintings are possible because he “knows” every character he paints he has worked, laughed, cried, and sweated with them all. This knowledge and love of his subjects produces pieces that are so “human” that each piece has its own personality.  Every painting has a story, but Max is a painter of “yarns”, Australian vernacular for a story with a moral and a laugh.  The experiences of those years Max spent in the outback; the memories of growing up in a small country town have provided Max with an endless flow of inspiration for his paintings. His works depict life in the outback as it was then, in a light-hearted vein keen insight and gentle humour that so keenly illustrates country Australians.  A scrawny dog, a drover’s dog, which is almost Max’s unofficial signature.

Original Oil on Board by Max Mannix

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