Tree, 2003-2006, Acrylique sur toile
Exhibition from september 4th to 26th 2007
The Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in France by British painter Merlin James in echo to his exhibition at the Wales Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2007.
Anticipating much of today’s painting ‘revival’, James’s practice, evolving over the last two decades, is at once playful and somber, emotive and rigourous, physical and illusionistic. His paintings include elements of landscape, interior and abstraction; depictions of structures such as sea walls and piers; images of figures or anonymous buildings and houses; transcriptions of older art and antique photographs.
Mood is often melancholic or restless. Style and idiom are varied and unpredictable. Concerns with genre, convention and artifice have been a constant in James’s work, as part of an interrogation of the language of painting and the nature of aesthetic experience.