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Max Hembrow was born in Oxford in 1994. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University Bournemouth in 2018.

 

His paintings combine elements of the classical European tradition and School of Paris Modernism established by Picasso, Braque, Cézanne and Matisse, with a particular interest in musical motifs and the treatment of the figure in Picasso’s analytical cubism.

 

Hembrow’s paintings of the figure interpret and explore the cubist technique of dissecting the subject from multiple viewpoints, using a simplified language of intersecting lines and numerous overlapping planes to construct an image of the body fragmented and distorted by the contemporary media. In a break from the traditionally simplified palette of colours common to early cubism, in some paintings, Hembrow embellishes the figure and surrounding space with patterns of strong primary colours suggesting the vibrant and intense colour of stained glass panels. In others, these patterns suggest a natural, ever-changing environment, both beautiful and chaotic.

Max Hembrow's Painting is like music through rhythm, motion and depth through complimentary and contrasting colours brought together to enhance each other, creating a sense of vibrancy and intensity. The vibrant hues in his paintings are ultimately based on nature, the pattern creates an extravagant stain glass window effect that explores the notion of an ever-changing environment shaped by a balance struck between beauty and chaos. The role of the lute in the works is to illustrate sound and harmony. The sound of the lute almost immediately disappears once it has been strummed, this is a metaphor for the painting being plucked from a moment in time. He is a vibrant artist of the anatomy and structure of the figure to expose the treatment of visual reality in today’s society. Portraying classical methods of painting in his work while reinventing traditional styles and techniques of the figure in space. Particular attention is paid to anatomical construction of parts and symmetry in line. 

 

His recent works have been inspired by his interest in Cubism, following his time spent in Paris, looking into abstraction and observation, finding inspiration in the works of Picasso, Braque, Cezanne and Matisse. This latest body of work, appropriating Cubism into the consciousness of the contemporary art world, depicts how the natural human form distorted through media. Some of his new works are comprised of found materials and collage, such as his great-grandmothers music scores which date back to the late 18th century.

 

Hembrow lays down layers of paint and marks, working intuitively and strategically as a response to music. The works explore tensions between time, marks, colour, and composition.   

 

Max Hembrow’s work is included in many private and public collections including Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford University, and The Arc, Shoreditch. Selected exhibitions include: Battersea AAF Autumn, NoonPowell Gallery (2023); Solo Show, 60 Threadneedle Street, VJB Art, London (2023); Hampstead AAF, NoonPowell Gallery (2023);  Cubism Reimagined,  508 Gallery. London (2022); Millfield Polo Invitational, Kingweston House, Somerset (2019); Free Range, Old Truman Brewery, London (2018); Project Space 5, Arts University Bournemouth, (2017); Structural Genomics Consortium, Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford University (2017).

 

Education

2018 Bachelor of Fine Art. Arts University Bournemouth
2016 Foundation Degree in Art & Design, Arts University Bournemouth

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

 

2016. Portraiture Techniques and Traditions. Florence Academy of Art.
2015. Anatomical Portrait Drawing & Life Drawing with Colour. Central Saint Martins. 2014 Abstraction and Observation. Paris Collage of Art
2013. Art Direction for Film. Central Saint Martins.

 

AWARDS

 

2018. Open Call Winner. Picasso’s Influence on Contemporary Art. 508 Gallery

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2023. Art Etcetera Magazine. (Aug - Sept)

2019. Capital Gains. Evening Standard Magazine. London. UK. (November)

2023. The Mayfair Times. (April)

2023. Luxury International Magazine. (April)

2023. Interior Designer Magazine. (April)

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Radcliffe Science Library. Oxford University.

The Arc. Shoreditch

Lime Street. London

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
 
2024. Affordable Art Fair. Hampstead. London. Noon-Powell Fine Art (May)

ART FAIRS

 

2023. Affordable Art Fair. Battersea. London. Noon-Powell Fine Art (Oct)

2022. Affordable Art Fair. Hampstead. London. 508 Gallery (May)

2020. Affordable Art Fair. Battersea. London. 508 Gallery (March)

2019. Affordable Art Fair. Hampstead. London. 508 Gallery (May)

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2023. VJB Arts. 60 Threadneedle Street (May - September)

2022. Cubism Reimagined. 508 Gallery. London. (April - May)

2019. Synesthesia. 508 Gallery. London. (November)

2019. Millfield Polo Invitational. Kingweston House. Somerset. (June)

2019. Street Figures. 508 Gallery. London. (April)
2018. Fresh From the Studio. 508 Gallery. London. (October)
2018. Picasso’s Influence on Contemporary Art. 508 Gallery. London. (July)

2018. Free Range. Old Truman Brewery. London. (June)

2018. Project Space 5. Arts University Bournemouth. (February)
2017. Structural Genomics Consortium. Radcliffe Science library. Oxford. (March)

 

 

 

 

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