Merric Brettle




At a fundamental level, Merric makes paintings, but does so using sculptural material and techniques. The reason for this is that he does not just want to make work that is ‘about’ but ‘of’ something. When viewing these works therefore, he would like the viewer not just to see an image, but textures and materials, and to read those textures and materials, and their socio-cultural patina, as if they were painterly ‘colours’.

Specifically, however, he would also like the viewer to appreciate that in order to make work that is actually ‘of’, and not just ‘about’ something, that Merric uses ‘back shed industrial techniques’. The spray-painting and vacuum forming are perfect examples of this, as he reverse engineers the way the urban landscape we live in has been constructed, and explores the expressive possibilities of these techniques himself.