Colin Merrin

Originally from East London, Colin has lived and worked on and near the south coast since 2007. He studied at Maidstone College of Art, Kingston Polytechnic and the Institute of Education, University of London. An award winning watercolour painter, Colin was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 2009. He has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the UK as well as internationally and has work in many collections including the royal collection and the British Museum.

‘I’ve always been interested in processes and so I use numerous and varied media to make work. Spontaneity is therefore my usual approach rather than meticulous planning. The human face and figure are central to what I do and the idea of humanness is the constant theme. Meaning is changeable, elusive and rarely if ever, completely fixed. All meaning is human invention and open to interpretation. I’m interested in the notion that the painting is an active participant in what Philip Guston described as a ‘trialogue’, where the piece contributes independently to the discussion between the artist and viewer. It reveals something usually caught up in the subconscious nature of unplanned and intuitive painting that may not be apparent at the time. Each piece subsequently exposes connections and relationships, within the tangle of abstracted imagery. Social and political commentary are also evident.'

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