Wade’s practice of abstraction produces scenes whose near-recognisability starts an imaginative dialogue with the viewer, suggesting the memory of some half-forgotten place or experience. Traces of something tangible remain as tantalising footholds or prompts: daubs of primary colour interact like the ligatures of some unknown script; figures appear in conversation, the silhouette of one becoming the shoulder or neck of another. Blocks of black and white interact like screens or masks, forming shelves of depth whose gaps and fissures allow the artist’s intuitive process of abstraction and subtraction, sometimes extended over months or even years, to reveal itself to the attentive observer.
MAX WADE (b.1985) lives and works in London. Studied Fine Art Painting at Brighton University; Foundation at City of Bath College. Selected past and solo international exhibitions include, Fat on Lean, Roz Barr Gallery, London (2016); Costermungering, Belmacz Gallery (2016), Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy, London (2016); Tabula Rasa, The Annexe, London (2015); A Bestiary, Turn projects, Croydon (2015); Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London (2015); Pentimenti, Maybe a Vole Gallery, London (2014); End of Residency Show, Gasworks & Triangle Network, Muscat, Oman (2013) Max Wade Works on Paper, Fieldwork Gallery, London (2012); System of Objects, Departure Foundation, London (2012), Bite Print Prize, Mall Galleries, London (2012); Weird Folk, Field Work Gallery, London (2011), The London Print Fair, Royal Academy, London (2010); New Paintings from Max Wade & Betsy Dadd, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, Sussex (2010); And It’s Time, Time, Time That You Love, Terrace Gallery, London (2009); Max Wade & Anna Lsley, Et Cetera, London (2008). Residences include Artist’s workshop & Exchange, Muscat, Oman (2013) and Sofia, Bulgaria (2003).