Catching up with Max Berry our 2015 winner of the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards


Cill Rialaig Cottage II
Acrylic and oil on canvas
20cm x 20cm, 2016

Max Berry won the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards with his impressive painterly depictions of landscapes, and Gallery Lane Cove caught up with Berry just before the install of his solo show Vehicle opening 23 August, 2017.

Since winning the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards in 2015 can you tell us briefly about how your art practice has progressed since then?

I continue to work out of Sydney and supplement my studio practice with excursions locally and interstate. Whilst traveling I can collect a library of source material; photographs, drawings and objects which can be developed upon my return. At the moment I’m becoming more interested in the urban environment and documenting simple still life compositions.


Black Cat
Acrylic and oil on canvas
38cm x 38cm, 2017


How did the prize money help support your art practice?

The prize has been essential to my art practice and came at a particularly fortuitous time, I managed to apply it to both my time spent in Ireland as part of the Cill Rialaig Artist Residency and in the preparation for my 2016 solo exhibition ‘A Return to Slow’.

You received a solo exhibition as part of your prize in 2015 which is about to open, what can we expect from your upcoming exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove?

The upcoming exhibition entitled ‘Vehicle’ is a selection of recent works, a kind of documentary of a rudimentary narrative. I hope that these works can encourage a moment pause and introspection.


Acrylic and oil on canvas
122cm x 186cm, 2017

Through my research I can see that you have two threads to your practice, one being your paintings and another being your publications. Can you tell us more about that?

I’m very interested in making books and am in the habit of producing them alongside exhibitions. As if they were a companion, having an additional gateway into the thoughts and development of the works on display.


Egg and Sausage
Acrylic and oil on canvas
76cm x 122cm, 2017


Where do you see the trajectory of your art practice going in the future?

I  hope to continue as I am, a slow build of more works, new mediums, new places etc. I feel very lucky to be able to show these works and humbled by those that view them.

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Image of artist Max Berry at the Opening of his solo exhibition Vehicle

To view the online catalogue for Max Berry’s solo show Vehicle please click the link below:

All artworks are for sale Gallery Lane Cove would be more than happy to help out with any queries buyers may have about all artworks included in the exhibition. To contact Gallery Lane Cove call us on 9428 4898, or email us at

The exhibition runs at Gallery Lane Cove from 24 August and ends 9 September.



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