For its second exhibition in the Art and Science Square, the Museum of Bordeaux has picked a local artist.
Painter Max Ducos of Bordeaux was born in 1979 to an architect father and antiques dealer mother. Self-taught, he was already painting in his teens before enrolling on a visual arts course which gave him additional keys to his artistic development.
Trained in drawing by Guy Cerry, he was also taught by painter Pierre Garcia. Both instructors proved a total revelation to the artist.
Fascinated by landscapes, plein air painting and three-dimensionality, Max Ducos is guided in his work by his instinct. Constantly challenging himself, he has evolved as an artist through the years. He frequently shows his landscape paintings at the Philippe Frégnac Gallery in Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.
At the same time, he is studying illustration at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Paris which has led to a number of publications as an author including Jeu de Piste à Volubilis in 2006 and Le Royaume de Minuit, and opened up new opportunities as an author and illustrator.
Max Ducos is primarily motivated by an instinctive drive to paint and create without being formulaic or confined to a fixed visual identity.
Max Ducos loves his region and readily references his native Bordeaux and the Aquitaine coast in his paintings of beach and forest landscapes.
The exhibition also presents the connections between painter Max Ducos and the Museum of Bordeaux. A member of Amuséum, the young natural historians club, as a teenager, Max Ducos has been interested in the natural sciences and environmentally aware from an early age. As an adult, Max was invited to return to the museum galleries to paint and prepare for his exhibition.
In one installation, Max Ducos unveils his past, present and future vision of the Museum of Bordeaux.