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Maxwell Tilse

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Artwork title
Day in paradise
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

Day in paradise depicts a series of moments throughout Newtown, heart of Sydney’s inner west. I intended to explore, illustrate and embellish the richness of its detail and history, the peculiarity of its people and the unique street art and culture that make Newtown the world it is. I’ve spent so many good times in Newtown that I just wanted to put them all down on paper.

Influencing artists: Albert Uderzo, Gilbert Shelton, Phibs

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Collection connections

Nicholas Harding and Maxwell Tilse use the same subject matter in their artmaking. Compare their approach, including technique and the use of material, and discuss how they have captured different qualities of Newtown.

Create a body of work based on your local area. Make sketches and take photographs to create a dialogue about this place. Consider what is personally important to you and also observe places that you take for granted. Present this body of work to the class and compare it with others.