“I consider myself a painter, not necessarily an artist. I have painted for most of my adult life in oils and more recently in pastel.”
“My main influences have been the exciting works by the French Impressionists such as Monet, Pissarro, Manet and Sisley, who leave the viewer completely absorbed in the mood of each scene by capturing a fleeting moment in time. Whistler, Sargent and Sickert also provide inspiration because of their creative skills in handling their medium and their exciting choice of subject matter.”
Born in Melbourne, Maxwell Wilks studied drawing at the National Gallery School under John Brack and Ian Armstrong, commercial drawing at RMIT and oil painting with Shirley Bourne at the Victorian Artists Society.
His first exhibition was in 1974. Since then, he has had 47 one man exhibitions throughout Australia.
He follows the representational style of painting because of his strong emotional response to the effects of colour, light, atmosphere and form. In the tradition of Australian landscape artists he usually paints directly from the subject. In painting, his objective is to be able to observe, select and clarify the subject to a simple set of tonal shapes, and combine them using colour and good draughtsmanship to capture the mood and sensitivity of the subject.
Maxwell is an elected Fellow of the Victorian Artists Society and a past president of the TMPS Inc. He teaches classes across Australia. He holds workshops during the year for art societies and at locations of his choice at the beginning of the year.
He continues to work in oil, but enjoys working with pastel because of the immediacy of colour.
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