Evening Sun Gallery

Contemporary Art Gallery Interview

Interview of Abstract Painter - MERLIN EMRYS
by Arthur Browning
21 December 2006

Abstract painting has its devotees, of which I number. It is a pleasure to see the images of a well worked canvas, but not in comparison to sharing the room with one. I would like to be able say that I have seen the works of Merlin Emrys up close and personal because I fully appreciate the images of his expressive canvases.

Merlin has a good website with painting galleries at Evening-Sun.com. He has a solid style with great rhythms and color. His compositions appear to be deceptively simple, and they should not be underestimated. Grace always appears simple, but it comes from power.

I asked Merlin some questions about his work and his responses appear below.

How did you get into art?

"I began painting about a month after my father died. The impulse to do so seemingly came out of nowhere, with such force that it could not be denied. I remember reading once that the death of a parent frees one in some way, and this is the form it took for me. . .Although I have played classical piano since childhood, art was not something encouraged or valued by my family."

Do you remember the first art works you did that you felt satisfied you?

"Definitely! In fact, the painting hangs on a wall near my piano. It is entitled, 'Homage to Beethoven,' and continues to be an inspiration."

Do you have an area of specialization?

"I paint in a manner best described as Abstract Expressionism."

What will be your next project?

"Combining color field painting with gestures."

Do you ever use exotic materials or techniques?

"I have used various pumices and garnet gels in some of my work, as well as molding paste as a medium. I have also incorporated newspaper clippings in a few pieces."

What kind of tools/light/studio do you prefer?

"Most of my paintings are done with palette knives of various shapes and sizes. I have painted some outdoors, but mostly in my studio with color-balanced fluorescent lighting."

What are your sources of inspiration?

"Nature, and my inner experiences."

What artists do you admire?

"Esteban Vicente, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko."

What are your interests and dislikes in art?

"In my work I explore the edges of awareness, where the conscious and the unconscious intertwine, through the play of color and form. My interest is in the power of art to uplift, inspire, challenge, and transform."

I hope to see the results of Merlin's next project soon.

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