Art Basel

Merlin James, OVR:2020

23 - 26 September 2020

Merlin James, Night, 2020, ashes on cotton duck, 66 x 115 cm / 26 x 45.3 in

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Merlin James, Bridge, 2020, mixed materials, 117 x 97 cm / 46.1 x 38.2 in      
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Merlin James, Untitled, 2020, ashes on scrim, 66 x 93.5 cm / 26 x 36.8 in   
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Merlin James, Frame and Building Painting, 2019 - 2020, mixed materials, 75.5 x 84 cm / 29.7 x 33.1 in 

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Merlin James, Houses,Trees, 2020, mixed materials, 97 x 147 cm / 38.2 x 57.9 in   
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Merlin James, Houses and Trees, 2019 - 2020, acrylic on fabric, 79 x 128 cm / 31.1 x 50.4 in   
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Merlin James, Forward, 2019 - 2020, acrylic and ashes on cotton duck, 111.5 x 65.5 cm / 43.9 x 25.8 in   
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Merlin James
Observe 2020
mixed materials
98.5 x 148 x 5 cm / 38.8 x 58.3 x 2 in framed


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VIP Preview: September 23 — 25, 11am GMT / 12pm CET 
Public Dates: September 25 — 26, 11pm GMT / 12am CET
Kerlin Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Merlin James in OVR:2020, the upcoming edition of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms. 
 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 and sometimes transparent, these works refine and renew many of painting's most time- honoured concerns - genre and narrative, pictorial space, expressive gesture and the emotive resonance of colour and texture. In these latest, highly personal works, James continues the complex pursuit of Western painting, with a fully contemporary consciousness of the modern and postmodern disjunctures of history and culture.  
Solo exhibitions include: A View of the Clyde River at Glasgow, A-M-G5, Glasgow, UK (2018); Long Game, OCT Boxes Museum, Shunde & OCT Art and Design Gallery, Shenzhen (both China, 2018); Long Game, CCA Glasgow (2016); Freestyle, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2014); Merlin James, Parasol Unit, London; Signal Box, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (both 2013); and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012, 2015). Recent group exhibitions include: Slow Painting, Leeds Art Gallery, UK (2019), The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth, UK (2020); Painting Amongst Other Things, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2018).