Merlin James, Art Basel 'OVR:2020'

23 September - 26 September 2020

Art Basel 2020

Merlin James

Merlin James, Houses and Trees, 2019 - 2020, acrylic on fabric, 79 x 128 cm / 31.1 x 50.4 in   
Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce a solo presentation by Welsh painter Merlin James for Art Basel's upcoming 'OVR:2020'.
'OVR: 2020' is dedicated to works made in 2020 and will run from 23 - 26 September 2020 on Art Basel's Online Viewing Room platform. 
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.
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).

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