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.

' My working process is consistently experimental involving layering and excavation as water and oil based paint along with other materials, are applied, added to, scraped back, re-worked and etched into. Although the paintings follow a basic theme centering largely on the figure within the (mainly) urban landscape, images emerge over time, resulting in what can only be described as an abstracted figuration. Paintings generally start with random mark making and gesture. There may be a rough idea of composition, but I tend not to have a specific plan. Newspaper cuttings, photographs and texts are added, often buried and half buried in the paint. These provide a sense of time, context, fragmentation and commentary, but at some point, an image is revealed  and the work starts to build. 

The development of each piece reflects something personal and innate. Meaning however, is changeable, elusive and never completely fixed. I’m interested in the notion that a piece of work is an active participant in what Philip Guston described as a ‘trialogue’, where the work contributes to the discussion independent of the artist. Personal reflections and ambiguities within the various narratives lie at the heart of each painting and connections, disconnections, as well as social and political comment are also clearly evident.'

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