Merlin James

Birds, places and other things

24th October - 22nd November 2008

Merlin James 
Building 
2008
acrylic on canvas
36.5 x 55.5 cm / 14.4 x 21.9 in   
Merlin James 
Green and Yellow 
2002-08
acrylic on canvas
50.5 x 51.5 cm / 19.9 x 20.3 in 
Merlin James 
By Water 
2008
acrylic on canvas
55 x 96 cm / 21.7 x 37.8 in  
Merlin James 
Bird (small) 
2008
acrylic on canvas
18 x 27 cm / 7.1 x 10.6 in   
 
Merlin James 
Birds (green) 
2006-08
acrylic on canvas
40 x 50 cm / 15.7 x 19.7 in
Merlin James 
Aphorism 
2008
acrylic on canvas
84.5 x 142.5 cm / 33.3 x 56.1 in   
   
 
  
 
Merlin James 
Untitlable 
2005-8
acrylic on canvas
65 x 70 cm / 25.6 x 27.6 in   
 
Merlin James 
The Anvil Cloud 
2008
acrylic on canvas
111 x 156 cm / 43.7 x 61.4 in   
 
Merlin James 
Door 
2008
acrylic on canvas
37 x 46 cm / 14.6 x 18.1 in 
Merlin James 
Arrivals 
2008
acrylic on canvas
66 x 68 cm / 26 x 26.8 in   
  
 
Merlin James 
Landscape 
2008
acrylic on canvas
152 x 91 cm / 59.8 x 35.8 in   
 
Merlin James 
Green Birds 
2009
acrylic on canvas
29 x 41 cm / 11.4 x 16.1 in   
 
Kerlin Gallery are delighted to announce an exhibition of new paintings by distinguished Welsh artist Merlin James.
 
Writing in the New York Review of Books recently, the American critic Sanford Schwatrz identified Merlin James as one of a group of painters that emerged in the late 1980s, after neo-expressionism and New Image painting, with 'more freedom to experiment, to make painting a more personal realm...to connect their work with painting from earlier eras'. Profoundly involved with figuration and painting history, James nevertheless, as Schwartz notes, grew up under the reign of minimalism and conceptualism, and his work is 'informed almost as much by ideas that question representational painting as glorify it'.
 
James lives and works in Glasgow. James is also an accomplished and widely published critic.  Solo exhibitions have included shows at the National Gallery, Wales (1995), Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (1996), Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York (2005, 2008), as well as Kerlin Gallery (2002, 2003, 2005) and New York Studio School (2007).  James represented Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennale.