Annalisa Merrilees Overview


19th April – 2nd May




Due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, plans for further in-person group shows remain on hold. In the meantime, GRADCURATE is proud to present an open-ended series of virtual solo shows. The first artist to feature in this series is Annalisa Merrilees.

Annalisa graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Painting, and now lives and works in Edinburgh. Her process derives from an interest in the mental limits of the body and the subsequent physical effects.

Within her work, there is a visible struggle between control and chaos, which comes from her 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 each painting to begin its life illogically. By removing herself from this responsibility, it initiates a dialogue and set of problems, which she then responds to. The random and deliberate actions come together to create a sufficient formal balance within the work.

Annalisa views painting as a deeply personal experience. For her, the intimacy between an artist and the canvas are a rare moment that, to some, will never be understood. Her paintings capture the viewer’s attention, and for a moment, give them a glimpse into her 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. However, on further inspection, it reveals itself to be the product of a careful hand.