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Kerlin Gallery are delighted to announce Window, an exhibition of recent paintings by Merlin James.

Window comprises of works predominantly completed over the last three years, made at James's studio near the river Clyde in Glasgow. In these paintings James refers to the view of the river, but also to the surrounding buildings and the more interior life of their occupants. While some of the works seem to approach total abstraction, others are very specific in their representation.

This exhibition will coincide with a dedicated room of paintings in ‘Mixing It Up: Painting Today', a survey of contemporary painting curated by Ralph Rugoff at the Hayward Gallery, London (9 September - 12 December) and the presentation of larger paintings titled 'Day' and 'Night' at Art Basel (23-26 September). 

The Window
2020
Acrylic and mixed materials
151.1 x 208.9 cm / 59.5 x 82.2 in 

The Window
2020
Acrylic and mixed materials
151.1 x 208.9 cm / 59.5 x 82.2 in 

Selected exhibitions include Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2021); Leeds Art Gallery, UK (2019) travelling to The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth, UK (2020); A-M-G5, Glasgow, UK (2018); OCT Boxes Museum, Shunde & OCT Art and Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China (both 2018); Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2018); CCA Glasgow (2016); Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2014); Parasol Unit, London; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (both 2013); and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012, 2015). In 2007, James represented Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

House tree bridge
2018-21
mixed materials
121.5 x 160.5 x 5 cm / 47.8 x 63.2 x 2 in

House tree bridge
2018-21
mixed materials
121.5 x 160.5 x 5 cm / 47.8 x 63.2 x 2 in

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
The Window 2020

The Window
2020
acrylic and mixed materials
151.1 x 208.9 cm / 59.5 x 82.2 in   

 

Untitled, 2021 acrylic and ash on cotton
Untitled, 2021 acrylic and ash on cotton
Untitled, 2021 acrylic and ash on cotton
Untitled, 2021 acrylic and ash on cotton
Untitled, 2021 acrylic and ash on cotton

Untitled, 2021
acrylic and ash on cotton
87 x 75 cm / 34.3 x 29.5 in   

 

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House tree bridge, 2018-21
House tree bridge, 2018-21
House tree bridge, 2018-21
House tree bridge, 2018-21
House tree bridge, 2018-21
House tree bridge, 2018-21

House tree bridge, 2018-21
mixed materials
121.5 x 160.5 x 5 cm / 47.8 x 63.2 x 2 in

 

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Untitled, 2018-21 mixed materials
Untitled, 2018-21 mixed materials
Untitled, 2018-21 mixed materials
Untitled, 2018-21 mixed materials
Untitled, 2018-21 mixed materials
Untitled, 2018-21 mixed materials

Untitled, 2018-21
mixed materials
88 x 194 x 5 cm / 34.6 x 76.4 x 2 in

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Mirror portrait, 2021 acrylic on canvas
Mirror portrait, 2021 acrylic on canvas
Mirror portrait, 2021 acrylic on canvas
Mirror portrait, 2021 acrylic on canvas
Mirror portrait, 2021 acrylic on canvas

Mirror portrait, 2021
acrylic on canvas
46 x 30 cm / 18.1 x 11.8 in   

 

Painter (Hair) 2013-21
Painter (Hair), 2013-21 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Painter (Hair), 2013-21 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Painter (Hair), 2013-21 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Painter (Hair) 2013-21

Painter (Hair)
2013-21
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
51 x 85 cm / 20.1 x 33.5 in 

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Yellow Trees, 2003 acrylic on canvas
Merlin James
Merlin James
Merlin James
Yellow Trees, 2003 acrylic on canvas

Yellow Trees, 2003
acrylic on canvas
42 x 61 cm / 16.5 x 24 in   

 

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Twenty-Twenty, 2018 Acrylic and mixed materials

Twenty-Twenty, 2018
Acrylic and mixed materials
126.4 x 126.4 cm / 9.8 x 49.8 in

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Landscape, 2004-14 acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.
Landscape, 2004-14 acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.
Landscape, 2004-14 acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.
Landscape, 2004-14 acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.
Landscape, 2004-14 acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.

Landscape, 2004-14
acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.
37.5 x 49.5 cm / 14.8 x 19.5 in 

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Stretch, 2016-19 acrylic and mixed materials

Stretch, 2016-19
acrylic and mixed materials
61 x 59.1 cm / 24 x 23.3 in 

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The Sea, 2021
The Sea, 2021 acrylic and ash on canvas
The Sea, 2021 acrylic and ash on canvas
The Sea, 2021 acrylic and ash on canvas
The Sea, 2021

The Sea, 2021
acrylic and ash on canvas
30.5 x 40.5 cm / 12 x 15.9 in   

 

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Winter, 2019 acrylic and mixed materials

Winter, 2019
acrylic and mixed materials
76.8 x 61 cm / 30.2 x 24 in

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The Window 2020

The Window
2020
acrylic and mixed materials
151.1 x 208.9 cm / 59.5 x 82.2 in   

 

Untitled, 2021 acrylic and ash on cotton

Untitled, 2021
acrylic and ash on cotton
87 x 75 cm / 34.3 x 29.5 in   

 

House tree bridge, 2018-21

House tree bridge, 2018-21
mixed materials
121.5 x 160.5 x 5 cm / 47.8 x 63.2 x 2 in

 

Untitled, 2018-21 mixed materials

Untitled, 2018-21
mixed materials
88 x 194 x 5 cm / 34.6 x 76.4 x 2 in

Mirror portrait, 2021 acrylic on canvas

Mirror portrait, 2021
acrylic on canvas
46 x 30 cm / 18.1 x 11.8 in   

 

Painter (Hair) 2013-21

Painter (Hair)
2013-21
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
51 x 85 cm / 20.1 x 33.5 in 

Yellow Trees, 2003 acrylic on canvas

Yellow Trees, 2003
acrylic on canvas
42 x 61 cm / 16.5 x 24 in   

 

Twenty-Twenty, 2018 Acrylic and mixed materials

Twenty-Twenty, 2018
Acrylic and mixed materials
126.4 x 126.4 cm / 9.8 x 49.8 in

Landscape, 2004-14 acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.

Landscape, 2004-14
acrylic, hair and mixed materials on deck-chair canvas.
37.5 x 49.5 cm / 14.8 x 19.5 in 

Stretch, 2016-19 acrylic and mixed materials

Stretch, 2016-19
acrylic and mixed materials
61 x 59.1 cm / 24 x 23.3 in 

The Sea, 2021

The Sea, 2021
acrylic and ash on canvas
30.5 x 40.5 cm / 12 x 15.9 in   

 

Winter, 2019 acrylic and mixed materials

Winter, 2019
acrylic and mixed materials
76.8 x 61 cm / 30.2 x 24 in

Twenty-Twenty
2018
Acrylic and mixed materials
126.4 x 126.4 cm / 9.8 x 49.8 in

Twenty-Twenty
2018
Acrylic and mixed materials
126.4 x 126.4 cm / 9.8 x 49.8 in

Installation Views

Installation Views Thumbnails
Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021 

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James, Window, Kerlin Gallery, September - October 2021

Merlin James’ intensively worked and generally small-scale canvases encompass a wide variety of subject matter including empty interiors, rural landscapes, architecture and, more recently, scenes of sexual intimacy. Often distressed, pierced, cropped or heavily overpainted, these works refine and renew many of painting’s most time- honoured concerns - genre and narrative, pictorial space and expressive gesture, the emotive resonance of colour and texture. His apt description of the painterly project of an admired forebear, Alex Katz (James is also an accomplished and widely published critic), is equally applicable to his own practice, i.e. he continues to play the grand, complex game of Western painting while reflecting a fully contemporary consciousness of the modern and postmodern disjunctures of history and culture. 

James lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.