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Max Naylor

As an image maker Max’s practice consists of two related activities: firstly the gathering of information; exploring the landscape, foraging for experiences, ideas and visual memories; the ongoing hunt for that elusive glimpse of magic.

Secondly returning this haul to the studio; adding to a witch’s brew of materials and techniques that finally coalesce as an image on a surface.

Through this evolving process he continues to develop a diverse yet cohesive body of work.

Max grew up in Cornwall, he studied at Falmouth College of Art, Brighton University and the Royal Drawing School London. He has completed several international residencies including time spent in India and Los Angeles. In 2017 he was awarded the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary Award and in 2016 was the winner of the Jackson’s Open Art Prize. Max is currently a tutor at the Royal Drawing School in London and he lives and works in Bristol.


Ink on Paper

Oil on Canvas

Mixed Media


  • The Royal Drawing School, London, (2012)
  • University of Brighton, East Sussex, (2001)
  • Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall, (1998)

  • 2017, Winner of the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary
  • 2016, Winner of the Jackson’s Open Art Prize
  • 2017 and 2018 Shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize
  • 2016, Shortlisted for the Royal West of England Academy Annual Open
  • 2006, Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize
  • 2002, Shortlisted for the Pizza Express Contemporary Drawing Prize

  • 2016, Prema Art Centre, Gloucestershire
  • 2015, Electric Dreams, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
  • 2015, Headlands, Mercer Chance Gallery, London
  • 2011, Mindscapes, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

  • 2020, The Birds are Singing in the Distant Woods, The Violet Hour, Online
  • 2019, Tender, The Violet Hour, London
  • 2018 Beep Painting Biennial, Swansea
  • 2018,  Drawn, Mandells Gallery, Norwich
  • 2017, Got Mate Mutt, Centre Space, Bristol
  • 2016, Miracle of Rare Device, The Violet Hour, 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, Uncanny Views, Antlers, Bristol

  • 2017,  Artist in Residence, El Segundo Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2017,  Studio residency at Borgo Pignano, Tuscany
  • 2013,  International Institute of Fine Art, teaching and studio residency, Delhi
    and Modinagar, India
  • 2012,  Studio residency, Dumfries House, Scotland

  • 2020,  Tutor at the Royal Drawing School, London
  • 2017-2019,  Artist Educator at Weston Park Art Club, London
  • 2014,  Tutor at Drawing School Central, The Royal Drawing School, London
  • 2012-2015,  Tutor at The Royal Drawing Clubs, London

  • Ways of Drawing, Thames and Hudson
  • The Drawing Ideas Book, Ilex Press
  • Sketch Your World, Apple Press