Max Bowden

Max Bowden

Artist Profile

Biography

Darwin based artist Max Bowden paints heart-felt depictions of the Top End landscape, providing tangible insights to nature’s power in north Australian climates. Bowden’s plein-air paintings capture the dramatic atmosphere and moods that only the tropical North provides, and their economic simplicity and astute subtlety belie many years of sitting in nature, decanting its essence upon the canvas. Bowden paints quickly, sacrificing detail for feeling, in the hope of sharing and understanding human experience.

In a world that is sometimes difficult to understand, Bowden takes comfort in the habit of sitting still and watching nature. In her paintings, this practice translates to a confident play and deep understanding of natural references and the human-made objects that intrude upon them. Bowden draws upon these references as tools and motifs through which to untangle the idiosyncrasies of human life and the habits of others and to this end, Bowden describes her landscapes as “person-less portraits” – the landscape, piers, houses, weather and cars hint at the funny ways in which people live, struggle and strive.

Max Bowden was born in Melbourne, Australia and now lives and works in Darwin. She studied visual arts and the Central School of Art in Adelaide, receiving the school’s first ever scholarship. Bowden holds a Bachelor of Visual arts from Charles Darwin University and a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology.

Darwin based artist Max Bowden paints heart-felt depictions of the Top End landscape, providing tangible insights to nature’s power in north Australian climates. Bowden’s plein-air paintings capture the dramatic atmosphere and moods that only the tropical North provides, and their economic simplicity and astute subtlety belie many years of sitting in nature, decanting its essence upon the canvas. Bowden paints quickly, sacrificing detail for feeling, in the hope of sharing and understanding human experience.

In a world that is sometimes difficult to understand, Bowden takes comfort in the habit of sitting still and watching nature. In her paintings, this practice translates to a confident play and deep understanding of natural references and the human-made objects that intrude upon them. Bowden draws upon these references as tools and motifs through which to untangle the idiosyncrasies of human life and the habits of others and to this end, Bowden describes her landscapes as “person-less portraits” – the landscape, piers, houses, weather and cars hint at the funny ways in which people live, struggle and strive.

Max Bowden was born in Melbourne, Australia and now lives and works in Darwin. She studied visual arts and the Central School of Art in Adelaide, receiving the school’s first ever scholarship. Bowden holds a Bachelor of Visual arts from Charles Darwin University and a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005 Bookends, Solo show, Wood Street Gallery (DVAA) – Darwin
2002 ‘ME’ Carclew Art Space, Solo Exhibition – Adelaide

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Paul Johnstone Art Gallery – Darwin
2019 Rick Amore National Portrait Prize – Melbourne
2019 WAGS Art Prize – Darwin
2019 Don Whyte ‘Off Cuts’ – Darwin
2019 Territory Wildlife Park – Threatened species – Darwin
2018 Katherine Art Prize – Katherine
2018 Don Whyte ‘Off Cuts’ – Darwin
2013 WAGS Art Exhibition – Darwin
2005 Blind Date, Wood Street Gallery (DVAA) – Darwin
2005 Cooperblack, Darwin Festival – Darwin
2005 UNI38 Graduate Art Exhibition, Charles Darwin University – Darwin
2004 Raw, Wood Street Gallery (DVAA) – Darwin
2003 ‘Ramp’ 24 HR Art Gallery (members show) – Darwin
2002 Fringe 2002 ‘Open Sandwich’ – Adelaide
2001 SALA ‘conversations 9 by 5’ – Adelaide
2001 Whyalla Art Prize ‘Onesteel Young SA Artists Award’ – Whyalla
2000 Fringe 2000 ‘Melisma’ – Adelaide

AWARDS/GRANTS/RESIDENCIES
2019 Finalist Rick Amor National Portrait Prize
2019 First Prize WAGS Art Exhibition
2019 Artist in Residence, Territory Wildlife Park
2013 First Prize WAGS Art Exhibition
2007 High Commendation. 24HR Art Graduate Art Award, Darwin
2007 Raft Gallery Award, Graduate Art Exhibition, CDU
2001 First Prize Whyalla Art Prize, Young SA Artist’s Award,
1995 Scholarship – Adelaide Central School of Art,
(under Rod Taylor, Anna Platten and Christopher Orchard)
Studio Residency: Carclew Youth Arts Centre, Adelaide

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  • Humpty DooMax Bowden Humpty Doo 2021 Oil on canvas 25.5 x 25.5cm

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