Max Naylor Rambles Through Mystical Woodlands in Ethereal Oil and Ink Paintings

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an oil and ink painting of trees and a rocky coastline with waves rushing in against the shore

“Storm Surge” (2023), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters. All images © Max Naylor, shared with permission

Through ancient wooded glens and along rugged sea coasts, Max Naylor invites us to wander along shady passageways, squeeze between lichen-cloaked boulders, and inhale the fragrance of wildflowers. His detailed landscapes in ink and oil paint (previously) capture petals, branches, waves, and an array of botanicals in dreamlike scenes that teeter elegantly on the edge of reality.

Time of day is often indeterminate in Naylor’s paintings, where blue may suggest nighttime or just the shade cast below the cover of trees. Sometimes the scenes entice us into misty distances or a hilly horizon beyond. The artist employs atmospheric light and repeating tree trunks or flowers that verge on pure pattern, playing with our perception of presence and depth by drawing attention to all details at once.

If you’re in Bristol, stop by Spike Island Open Studios between May 3 and 5 to see Naylor’s work in person alongside more than 70 other artists. See more on the artist’s website and Instagram.

an oil and ink painting of a forest with a glen of wildflowers and fungus on trees in the foreground

“Woodland Glade” (2024), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters

an oil and ink painting of a large erratic boulder covered with lichen and moss, with flowers flowing underneath it

“Erratic Boulder (after the deluge)” (2024), oil and ink on linen, 160 x 180 centimeters

an oil and ink painting of a yellow wooded scene with lots of boulders covered in lichen spots

“Early Glow” (2024), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters

an oil and ink painting in a blue palette featuring trees and patterns of snowdrops on the forest floor

“Blue Landscape with Snowdrops” (2024), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters

an oil painting of a large erratic boulder in a meadow with lichen and moss all over it

“Nestling” (2024), oil on linen, 75 x 95 centimeters

an oil and ink painting of ab abstract landscape with lots of foliage

“Wild Wild Life” (2024), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters

an oil and ink painting of a rocky landscape with lots of lichen and moss on the boulders and a small waterfall tucked in the brush

“Under the Gunnera” (2023), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters

an oil and ink painting of a coastline with trees and a cloudy sky

“Ragged Coast with Sea Cabbage” (2023), ink on paper, 51 x 66 centimeters

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