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Print - Mad Max

Mad Max

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1986 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sandle, Michael, born 1936 (artist)
    Fischer Fine Art (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf DR77, box MP340

Michael Sandle, born (1936) and brought up on the Isle of Man, is best known as a sculptor but spent most of his time whilst a student at the Slade in the etching and lithography studios. In a statement made in 1988 he averred that printmaking was a seminal activity for him, which significantly affected his development as an artist, particularly the way he continued to draw, and he confessed to sometimes having a longing to make prints.

This image takes its inspiration from the hugely successful Australian movie 'Mad Max' (1979) which had a considerable afterlife in the public imagination. The film portrays a poorly funded police force (of which the eponymous Max Rockatansky is a leading light) in the Australian outback, struggling to protect local people from the ravages of a violent gang of bikers and it is full of the paraphenalia of aggression - black leather, fast cars and bikes. Sandle was early attracted to imagery which implied warfare, whether civilian or military - images of gas masks and armour, for example are found in early student works.


1986 (made)


Sandle, Michael, born 1936 (artist)
Fischer Fine Art (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Michael Sandle 1986 / Mad Max 30/50'
Signed and inscribed with title and date in pencil.


Height: 44.5 cm plate, Width: 61.5 cm plate

Descriptive line

Michael Sandle :Mad Max. Etching and aquatint. 1986


Paper; Printing ink


Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted



Prints; Death

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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