Merlin James
Paintings, Drawings, Prints
03 May - 05 July 2014

Merlin James is notable for his often simple compositions, and the restraint and stillness typical of his images. His paintings, usually in a small format, frequently consist of few basic elements, sometimes centered on a figure or single object. Narrative content is not foregrounded, but a subject or 'theme' of some kind may be named in the title. One consistent objective is an approach to and examination of the intrinsic qualities of painting as an activity and a cultural entity, though this concern is never the whole raison d'être of the work. 

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Installation view, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Aanant & Zoo, 2014
Installation view, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Aanant & Zoo, 2014
Installation view, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Aanant & Zoo, 2014
Installation view, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Aanant & Zoo, 2014
Installation view, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Aanant & Zoo, 2014
Installation view, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Aanant & Zoo, 2014
Room, 1990

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 44 x 60 cm

Building, 2012

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 56 x 42 cm

Between, 2004

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48 x 32 cm

Pier, 2007

Etching, edition of 40, 37 x 44,5 cm

House and Bridge, 1990

Etching, 24 x 34 cm

Untitled, 1987

Charcoal on paper, 17,5 x 34 cm

Field, Trees, Path, 2003-06

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 37 x 45 cm

Pier End, 1991

Woodcut, 22 x 34 cm

The Piper, 1982

woodcut, 29 x 24 cm

Piper and Pom-Pom, undated

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 44 x 51 cm