Maynard Waters is an exceptional artist capturing the essence of an Australia that he chooses to view with an intentional selective blindness. In doing so he presents a nostalgic and romantic viewpoint of the country and city through the workingman’s eyes.
His characters are dressed in the dark blue singlet of the chesty-bond-man whose chest has slipped more than a few inches. His women wear simple one-piece dresses often adorned with the ubiquitous apron. The kids wear shorts and T-shirts and are almost always barefooted. And then there’s the omnipresent dog, man’s best friend.
There are the pubs, the semi-detached homes, the bull noses and skillions of rusted corrugated iron with highly visible joints revealing patchwork-like rooftops – a sign of the times of standard length sheets, not cut to size like today.
What Maynard achieves with ease is what all artists strive for – originality. His genuine, if at times incomplete, views of the city and country are devoid of mass modernity – there are no office blocks or apartment buildings – but there are modern items such as road work signs in brilliant basic colours (rarely mixed) and modern cars, and communication towers and so on.
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