Max Mortiboys British, b. 1996

Being as much about the denial of gesture as being a celebration of gesture, Max’s work involves drawing, painting and scanning practices, with the idea of extracting and magnifying constantly. His large scale paintings arise from an instinctive, almost chaotic process, which involves pulling apart and reassembling visual and material components. The thick and unforgiving house gloss paint he uses, corresponds directly with the heavily primed white canvas, elevating every mark. Hidden in the clean finished aesthetic of the paintings, a few tricks and games subtly occur, be it the sudden ruptures in movement or variations in line and colour. For his latest body of work, he uses a limited and bolt colour palette on large scale canvas, translating the essence of his textural inspiration in a stripped back style into his own gestural language. Mortiboys graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in 2018.