Michael Merrill


With the ease and grace of a tightrope walker Michael Merrill crosses patches of history holding us by the hand. Drawing, painting and figuration give wings to his art. Acutely and with the insider's understanding and the explorer's steady gait, Merrill renews a genre usually associated with writing, that of the story teller. He chronicles the current art world and its whims, heros, temples, museums and other collection spaces. In passing he greets the celebrities (from Pinanese to Louise Bourgeois) without bowing except over his drawing board and his colours. His production is unique: while venturing where others have travelled, he gives us accounts of the voyage which are refreshingly new.