Max grew up on the coast of southern New England. He is the son of landscape painter David Dunlop, and spent his childhood hiking, camping and drawing. He studied painting at the Art institute of Boston and received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 2005. The paintings are about the world we live in, the people that live here, and the materials of painting themselves. Paint is applied to create a feeling of space and capture an emotion. However, the paint also drips, splashes, and slides around the surface constantly contradicting the creation of an illusion. Large sections of canvas are mere suggestions of space, while others exist to enforce the flatness of the surface. These are not just paintings of a place or a person. These are works about the moment that paint becomes an image. They ask the question, when is it a flat brush stroke, when is it an illusion, and when is it both? These works exist in the realm where abstraction and representation vibrate against each other and viewer is left to make decisions about what they see. They must engage and assemble the brushwork in their mind. They are pulled into an interaction with the marks and therefore an interaction with the subject matter.