For Max Middleton, making prints is where, through the manipulation of unyielding media and the obsessive study of the visual world, we clarify and record who we are. It provides a means of processing deep feelings when words fail.
When beginning a print Middleton has no fixed idea where the work will develop with only the vaguest idea of what it might, finally, be like. The act of making prints is a journey of discovery which keeps on going. His works are not ends, they are resting places of interest on that continual journey.
Middleton’s prints are clearly derived from the real objects around him ( people, animals and inanimate objects) and therefore can be described as figurative but they are neither intentionally narrative nor symbolic but rather embodiments of feelings.