Max Thomson’s arts background began at Whanganui Technical College where he excelled in painting. After moving to Tāmaki Makaurau he was a professional musician for four years, before moving into a photographic career spanning another twenty-four. Throughout this time, Thomson produced a varied portfolio of photographic subjects: flowers, trees and landscapes, and their relationship to light—perspectives which have become integral elements of his paintings.
The Walk is Thomson’s first exhibition in Devonport. Previous shows have been held at Letham Gallery, Black Asterisk and Tessuti, and at Whitespace, a retrospective exhibition of Thomson’s earlier photographic career. His paintings have always been focused on his surroundings and this show is no different.
The New Zealand Herald art critic T J McNamara has described Thomson’s paintings as being ‘concerned with the effects of light across grass and the shadows thrown by specimen trees, hedges and thick foliage…the trees are isolated or in avenues…’ (October 3rd, 2015).