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Annalisa Merrilees

Annalisa Merrilees
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Painting is a deeply personal experience. The intimacy between an artist and the canvas are a rare moment that, to some, will never be understood. My paintings capture the viewer’s attention, and for a moment, give them a glimpse into my frame of mind while making the work. The paintings are very much about touch. Delicately painted over a long period of time, the work appears at first to be mechanically made but reveals it to be the product of a careful hand. My process derives from an interest in the mental limits of the body and the subsequent physical effects. There is a visible struggle between control and chaos, which comes from my monomaniacal tendencies. Each piece has a set of routines that must be followed and completed in as close to one sitting as possible. The use of a random number generator to allocate colours to the base grid allows the painting to begin its life illogically. By removing myself from this responsibility, it initiates a dialogue and set of problems, which I then respond to. The random and deliberate actions come together to create a sufficient formal balance within the work.
Education

2014 – 2018 BA Hons Painting. Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University.
2013 – 2014 Foundation Art and Design. Edinburgh College.

Exhibitions

2019 - Frame of Mind. May 10 - 31. Upright Gallery, Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh.
2018   20 Artists 20 Days. November 30 – December 22. Upright Gallery, Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh.
2018 - BEST OF DEGREE SHOW 2018. 19 July – 17 August. Six Foot Gallery, Pentagon Centre, Washington Street, Glasgow.
2018 - The Degree Show. June 16 – 24. Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen.
2018 - 4th Year Painting Exhibition. February 25 – March 10. Edinburgh Palette, St. Margaret’s House, London Road, Edinburgh.
2017 - A Fleeting Moment. April 21 – 23. Hatch, Belmont Street, Aberdeen.
2016 - Looking Forward. June 03 – 14. Pentland Fine Art, Holburn Street, Aberdeen.
2014 - The Great Big Art Show. June 05 – 11. Edinburgh College, Granton Campus, West Granton Road, Edinburgh.

Awards and Collections

2018 - The Gordon Brown Memorial Prize for Painting.
2018 - RGU Art and Heritage Collections. (34811, 2018. Mixed media on canvas.)
2018 - Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase Shortlisted Artist.
1024, 2018
  • Annalisa Merrilees
  • 1024, 2018
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384, 2018
  • Annalisa Merrilees
  • 384, 2018
  • Painting
34811, 2018
  • Annalisa Merrilees
  • 34811, 2018
  • Painting
CONTROL, 2018
  • Annalisa Merrilees
  • CONTROL, 2018
  • Painting
34812, 2018
  • Annalisa Merrilees
  • 34812, 2018
  • Painting

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