Max Tannahill is from Bangor, Co.Down, in the north of Ireland, where he was brought up on a small farm, which he left in the mid 1970`s to set off for London.
After a time he decided to head to Australia and it was there that exposure to aboriginal artists left a deep impression.
He returned to England in 1989 to study bookbinding for two years and it was during this period, living in the Essex coastal village of Wivenhoe, that he started carving his unique fish from the plentiful supply of driftwood gleaned from the shoreline and estuaries nearby.
He found his forays in the New World were well received and had since then exhibited widely over East Anglia and the West Country.
His world is essentially simple, imagined, and governed to a large extent by the constraints of the material. Added to that there is an individual manner, which is his own unmistakable mark.
Max Tannahill recently exhibited alongside Guy Taplin and Grayson Perry in a show called `Essex Artists Old and New` at the Geedon Gallery. He has had numerous one man shows in Suffolk, Bath, Stroud, Cornwall and at Imperial College, London. He was selected to represent Essex Artists at a symposium in Kleinbreitenbach in Germany, a few years ago, where he made a ½ tonne weather vane whale which was installed as a permanent fixture above the village.