Brisbane born Max Fulcher has travelled many paths in his life – from his earliest days in the navy, to successful adman and publisher – but he has always been an Artist at heart. His love of drawing drew him to advertising in the first place, enabling him to change course in his 40s (after selling his agency) to become a full time creative spirit.
Over the past few decades, Max has produced a dazzling array of drawings of the Australian rainforest environment – particularly orchids and birds. These artworks are characterized by an intense vibrancy, aliveness and authenticity. Other key influences include artists like Rousseau, Gauguin, and Matisse for their joyously lively interpretations of the natural world.
Max is a world-renowned authority on the orchid, having published the acclaimed books The Enchanted Orchid and The Orchid Teacher. His work has featured in Vogue Australia, Vogue Entertaining, House and Garden, Home Beautiful, and Your Garden to name a few. Vogue Entertaining ran 8 pages on Max as the ‘Travelling Bon Vivant’). His sought after works can be found in private and commercial collections throughout Australia and overseas.
He has worked in watercolour and pen-and-wash all his life, and 25 years ago pioneered freehand drawing using a mouse and Apple Mac computer – ultimately transcending the technique by elevating it to a new level.
Today, he works in a studio and garden
in Kangaroo Point near the Brisbane River.
Max Fulcher is represented by the Berkeley Editions (the premier gallery for print collections in Australia), and was recently profiled in Mark Roeder’s Unnatural Selection; Why the geeks will inherit the earth book (HarperCollins).