Local artist Max De Roy is ready to launch the next stage of his creative career with a new exhibition - and a new name.
The ex-MAC student (formerly known as Max Hall), who returned home last year after living overseas in New York and London, said his latest collection was a renewal of his commitment to making art, marking out a new direction along with his new name - but he was not forgetting where he had come from.
The surname ‘De Roy’ was intended to pay homage to his late father, David Ross Hall, and to the town he grew up in, surrounded by such local landmarks as Roys Peak and Roys Bay. It was here that a 16-year-old De Roy first borrowed $100 from his mother for art supplies to create his first large-scale artwork - which later sold at auction for $1,700 - and here that his new work will be displayed.
‘SIX ON THE DOT’ - a synthesis of pop art printing and classical oil painting - is a collection of six contemporary pieces which reimagine what art can be in a time of immense social, political, and technological change and examine De Roy’s classic subject matter and experimentation with different media.
“I don’t have a consistent style and have always prided myself on that,” said De Roy. “I have always wanted to turn my art on its head with each collection.”
“The exhibition requires you to change your perspective,” he added. “Up close it is intimate, psychedelic and confusing, the dots cloud the brain and leave it curious as to the nature of the image. The second perspective is more generous, it is achieved by standing at a distance from the work and allows the brain to process the bigger picture.”
This exhibition, which will tour up to Christchurch later this month, marks another departure for De Roy, who will soon be heading to Wellington to start studying Design for Stage and Screen at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. There, he plans to establish himself as a Kiwi artist with exhibitions in Wellington and Auckland.
‘SIX ON THE DOT’ will open at 123 Ardmore Street at 6pm “on the dot” on February 2, and will run from 10am each day until February 9.
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