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.
2020–2021 Turps Art School: Correspondence Course.
2014–2018 BA Hons Painting. Gray’s School of Art, RGU.
2013–2014 Foundation Art and Design. Edinburgh College.
Abstract Zeitgeist. September 10 – 12. The Rafiki Gallery. The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh.
Annalisa Merrilees (solo show). April 19 – May 2. Gradcurate (online)
When Are You Going To Make A Real Painting? (solo show). April 9 – May 2. The Rafiki Gallery (online)
RSA 195th Annual Exhibition. April 2 – May 30. The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. (online)
FLOW – Members’ Winter Exhibition. December 1 – January 31 2021 (online)
Exh 04 – Online Exhibition. July 29 – August 12. Floorr Magazine
RSA Annual Exhibition 2020 – Online Exhibition. April 8 – May 31. The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Xmashup. November 29 – December 21. Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.
Platform for Emerging Arts. August 28 - September 7. Leyden Gallery, London. Meet The Artists: September 7.
Frame of Mind (solo show). May 10 - 31. Upright Gallery, Edinburgh. Artist Talk: May 21.
20/20. November 30 – December 22. Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.
BEST OF DEGREE SHOW 2018. 19 July – 17 August. Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow.
The Degree Show. June 16 – 24. Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
4th Year Painting Exhibition. February 25 – March 10. St. Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.
A Fleeting Moment. April 21 – 23. Hatch, Aberdeen.
Looking Forward. June 03 – 14. Pentland Fine Art, Aberdeen.
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.