Born 1960 in Cardiff, UK
Lives and works in Glasgow, UK
Merlin James self-consciously positions his practice outside of the genre conventions of painting.For one, there is no single subject matter: We may find landscapes, seascapes, and interiors alongside abstract colour fields, graphic nudes, and mystical animals. His technique ranges from the classic application of acrylic on canvas, to painting on transparents, stretched over the frame to resemble a window, and constructing gaping holes in the canvas. This way, the frame and its construction becomes visible. Often, other and somewhat visceral material such as hair, dirt or pieces of paper are embedded in the layers of acrylic paint. Some paintings are intentionally left undated.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the KW Insitute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and at the 52nd Venice Biennale among others.
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