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Title

Pure land — Henso


Artist

Max Miller

Australia

1940 -


About

Max Miller studied in Sydney, Florence and London and has exhibited his work since 1970. He is also a distinguished master printer who has worked with many artists including Brett Whiteley, John Olsen and Lloyd Rees.

Miller has for many years been attracted to Asian art and philosophy, particularly Buddhism, which has informed his artistic sensibility. His principal subject is the Australian landscape; his closely observed drawings of flora and fauna inform his more abstract work. This etching was made by abutting five plates, the composition echoing the format of Japanese screens.

"His concern… is not only to capture the physical topography of a place or its sense impressions, but to somehow convey the sense of the spirit of the place and to relate this spirit to a much broader understanding of the spirit of the universe". [Sasha Grishin, 'Australian printmaking in the 1990s, artist printmakers 1990-1995', Sydney: Craftsman House, 1997 p.204]

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Place where the work was made

East Kangaloon New South Wales Australia


Date

1989


Media category

Print


Materials used

softground etching, aquatint, printed in blue, purple, brown and green ink from five zinc plates on five sheets of white wove paper


Edition

2/5


Dimensions

99.6 x 249.5 cm platemark overall (irreg.); 106.3 x 253.8 cm sheet overall


Signature & date

Signed and dated lower c. part e


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Young Friends of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

25.1990.1.a-e


Artist information

Max Miller

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Anne Ryan (Curator), Sydney prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers, Sydney, 2006. List of works.

Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004, (colour illus.). cat.no. 33

Anne Ryan, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Past and present: reflecting the diversity of Gallery's largest collection', pg. 54-56, Sydney, May 2003, 55.