Max Naylor

Max Naylor’s drawings explore the relationship between external and internal spaces through a mixture of imagery made from memory and imagination. On this body of work he says,

“My visual memory is full of landscapes that are an invaluable resource when making work, I sometimes try to accurately represent a remembered view or take component parts to construct an imagined place. This seems to me a very natural process, the act of picking up a pen and marking out a skyline becomes almost an unconscious one.”

The use of differing levels of intensity is important in the images Max creates, both in terms of mark making and of decision making. He attempts to balance close detail and planned composition with expressive doodling and more instinctive artistic choices.

“I aim to try and evoke a sense of mystery, a glimpse into an internal world as in that tantalising moment we sometimes experience when we fall asleep, when tangible conscious thought, almost imperceptibly warps and shifts. Ideas somehow take on shape and form as we are delivered to the subconscious inner world, a place strange and unknowable yet so familiar.”

Max has made a drawing device that enables him to produce long scroll-drawings whilst traveling, the idea being to create a continuous visual diary. He has used it to illustrate a journey across North America as well as to document the nine months he spent in Berlin.


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2012 Post Graduate Course, The Royal Drawing School, London

1998 – 2001 University of Brighton, East Sussex

1997 – 1998 Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall


2015 Headlands, Mercer Chance Gallery, London

2014 Betweenlands, Blain Southern, London

2013 Artists of the River Pageant, Pump House Gallery, London

2013 Re-Imagined Spaces, Bosse and Baum, London

2013 Memory and Desire, The Violet Hour, London

2013 RWS Contemporary Watercolour, London

2013 Artists of the Pageant, Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, London

2012 Narrative, Antlers, Bradford

2012 Other Nature, Antlers, London

2011 Mindscapes, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

2011 Uncanny Views, Antlers, Bristol

2006 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, touring exhibition

2004 House, Truro

2002 Pizza Express Contemporary Drawing Prize, London

2001 Cerebration, Brighton

2001 Triumph, Brighton

2001 Moot, Brighton

1998 Valico Sotto, Tuscanny


2013 AAF Bristol, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2013 AAF Battersea, Antlers Gallery, London

2012 AAF Bristol, Antlers Gallery, Bristol


2013 IIFA teaching and studio residency, Delhi and Modinagar, India

2012 Studio residency, Dumfries House, Scotland


2014-Present Tutor at Drawing School Central, The Royal Drawing School, London

2012-Present Tutor at The Royal Drawing Clubs, London


2014 Featured Artist in Sketch Your World by James Hobbs, Apple Press

2011 Illustrations and poster design for Graphic novel Whenever I Get Blown

Up I Think Of You by Molly Naylor, Nasty Little Press


2008 short-listed for the National Open Art Competition, Chichester

2006 short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London

2002 short-listed for the Pizza Express Contemporary Drawing Prize, London


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