Max Wyse’s work is characterized by particular techniques and iconography. His inspiration comes from an ancestral view of painting on glass to create his works. The artist directly paints on the back of an acrylic paper sheet (Plexiglas) on which he works in consecutive stages, starting with outlining the foreground, then the second ground and so on. He is forced to produce his work in a reverse fashion, unlike traditional canvas painting. The reversed version of what the artist represented is actually the image that is revealed face view, to the spectator.
Wyse approaches his work in the manner of an archeologist: he searches for, collects and theorizes the things that inspire him. His works essentially rely on the idea that the human body is closely tied to the mineral, the vegetal and the animal. Throughout Wyse’s work, the human figure embodies a virtual hybrid that is at the intersection of three different worlds of species. The artist considers the human body as a vehicle able to travel across cultures, evolving through humanity, which mutate sometimes into mythical creatures or symbolic figures and spasms. Wyse creates his very own mythology through which he demonstrates how the primitive is embodied in the human. Thus, animalism, essence and origins are omnipresent themes intertwined in his art works and practice.
Born in British Columbia in 1974, Max Wyse lives and works in Montreal. His work was exhibited in Montreal, Paris, Vancouver, Toronto and New York. His works are part of several collections including the Musée Régional de Rimouski, the borrowed works of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, National Bank of Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Montmart Fund, Giverny Capital and Senvest.
|2013||La Presse | Éric Clément|
|Coups de gueule en quarantaine | 29 avril
|2012||Akimblog | Isa Tousignant|
|Max Wyse at Galerie Trois Points | 6 novembre
|2012||CULT#MTL | Rachel Levine|
|Psych out : Winnie Truong and Max Wyse | 18 octobre
|2010||Ovni Magazine | Annie Lafleur|
|Devenir le jardin | 1 avril
|2008||Canadian Art Online | See it|
|Max Wyse - Naive no More | 24 avril
|2008||Spirale | Emmanuel Galland|
|Entretien avec Max Wyse - La bête humaine | 1 janvier
|2007||The Hour | Isa Tousignant|
|Super Human | 25 janvier
|2007||Galerie Plein Sud | Luis de Moura Sobral|
|L'homme 100 têtes à la recherche du réel | 1 janvier
|2005||Le Devoir | Bernard Lamarche|
|De visu - cadavres exquis | 5 novembre