Annalisa Merrilees

Annalisa Merrilees
BA (Hons) Painting // Gray’s School of Art ’18

“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”.


Artworks

11

Mixed media on canvas

45 x 45 cm

POA

12

Mixed media on canvas

45 x 45 cm

POA

13

Mixed media on canvas

20 x 20 cm

POA

14

Mixed media on canvas

20 x 20 cm

POA

17

Mixed media on canvas

20 x 20 cm

POA

18

Mixed media on canvas

20 x 20 cm

POA

19

Mixed media on canvas

20 x 20 cm

POA

81

Mixed media on canvas

57 x 57 cm

POA

114

Mixed media on canvas

100 x 80 cm

POA

2563

Mixed media on board

41 x 28.5 cm

POA

26

Oil on board

30 x 42 cm

POA

142

Oil on canvas

100 x 100 cm

POA

153

Oil on board

59 x 84 cm

POA

040221

Oil bar and oil paint on canvas

19 x 28 cm

POA

Orange and Magenta

Oil and coloured pencil on paper

14 x 19 cm

POA


Education

2020 – 2021
Correspondence Course, Turps Art School, London.

2014 – 2018   
BA (Hons) Painting, Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

2013 – 2014   
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh.

Exhibitions

2021
When are you going to make a real painting?, The Rafiki Gallery, Edinburgh (online).
195th RSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (online).

2020
FLOW – Members’ Winter Exhibition, Visual Arts Scotland (online).
Exh 04, Floorr Magazine (online).
194th RSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (online).

2019
Xmashup, Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.
Platform for Emerging Arts 23, Leyden Gallery, London.
Frame of Mind, Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.

2018
20 Artists 20 Days, Upright Gallery, Edinburgh.
Best of Degree Show, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow.
The Degree Show, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
4th Year Painting Exhibition, Edinburgh Palette, St. Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.

2017
A Fleeting Moment, Hatch, Aberdeen.

2016
Looking Forward, Pentland Fine Art, Edinburgh.

2014
The Great Big Art Show, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh.

Awards

2018
The Gordon Brown Memorial Prize for Painting
Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase Shortlisted Artist

Collections

2018
Robert Gordon University Art and Heritage Collections