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Merrick Belyea

Merrick Belyea's skilful painterly abstractions investigate the paranonia of urban environments. His work explores urban angst using contrasting colours drawn from the depth of collective fear and defined by a rich black and intense red. The tension between the violent subject matter and the strange poetic beauty of the paintings, engages both the eye and the intellect, as well as serving as a warning against complacency.
Over the last 15 years, Merrick has exhibited regularly both in solo and group exhibitions. He has also exhibited at the Joseph Gross Gallery in Arizona, USA and as well as being invited to exhibit at the Australian Embassy in the Philippines in 2001 on the theme of Sex and Death.


Date of Birth: 9 June 1969 Perth, Western Australia

 

EDUCATION

1986-89 Fine Arts, Claremont School of Art, Claremont, WA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 New Paintings, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2009 New Paintings, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2007 New Paintings, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2005 Burning House , Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2004 Fe a r of F a lling , Perth Institute of Contempor a ry Art (PICA), Perth, WA

2003 New Paintings, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2001 Life Before Death , Australia Centre, Manila , Philippines

2001 Success Hill , Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2000 One Night Only, www.leonardscouch.com

1999 Soft Cell , Kalla Yeedip Project Space, Midland, WA

1998 Sex and Death and Colonisation (with Peter Watts), Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

1998 Fire , Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA

1997 Solo show , Verge, Northbridge, WA

1997 The first and the last half of the 20th century, www.ozem a il.com. a u /~smeagher

1996 M a yd a y! (with Pairaj Srisuphanraj), Freantle Arts Centre, WA

1995 Solo show, Verge, Northbridge, WA

1994 Solo show , Story So Far... Gallery, Northbridge, WA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010, 08,06,04,02 Melbourne Art F a ir , (represented by Gallery East) Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

2009 Stella Downer Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2009 Stations of the Cross , Uniting Church, Perth, WA

2008 Closet Circus: works from the Horn Collection, Bunbury Art G a lleries, Bunbury, WA

2006, 05, BankWest Art Award, Perth Institute of Contempor a ry Arts (PICA), Perth, WA

2004 City of Fremantle Collection , Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

2003, 01 The Western Australian Art Fair , Fremantle Passenger Terminal, Fremantle, WA

1999 Document , K alla Yeedip Project Space, Midland, WA

1998 Low Land Horizon , Cullity Gallery, Nedlands, WA

1998 Abject Lands , Joseph Gross Gallery, Arizon a , USA

1997 Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA

1996 Mine Own Executioner , Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA

1996 The Monaro Show , Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

1995 Plot , Kalla Yeedip Project Space, Midl n, WA

1994 In Spirit and Form , Bunbury Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA

1992 Dog II , Midland Enterprise Centre, Midland, WA

1991 Artworks, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art ( PICA), Perth, WA

1991 Energyworks , SECWA Energy Museum, Frem a ntle, WA

1991 Look into the nineties , Perth Galleries, West Perth, WA

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2008 East Perth Fire Station paintings , FESA

1999 ARM Print Portfolio , Australia n Republican Movement

1997 100% Bus Mundaringwear , Bus Stop, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA

 

COLLECTIONS

AM International, Calabria ; Artbank; Australian Republican Movement; BankWest; Central Institute of Technology, Perth, (WA); City of Fremantle; City of Joondalup; City of Wanneroo; Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley (WA); FESA; Gallery East, North Fremantle (WA); King Edward Memorial Hospital, Subiaco (WA); Mundaring Shire Mundaring (WA); Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, (WA) a nd Private.

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Yeoman,William Painter's ode to a sunburnt land, The West Australian, 15 April, 2009

Spencer, Ric Down-to-earth awareness, The West Australian, 17 April, 2009

Spencer, Ric Mixed mess a ges, The West Australian, 31 M a rch, 2007

Spencer, Ric Step inside a Burning House, The West Australian, 8 October, 2005

Blond, Simon Serious Ple a sure, The West Australian, 31 July, 2004

Smith, Nyanda The West Australian, 19 July, 2004.

Australia's Most Collectable Artists , Australian Art Collector, Issue 27, Jan-Mar 2004

 

   
 
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