“In my paintings, the lines act as an armature to hang the paint from, creating a surface that expresses the mystery of age and the passing of time.” – Tim Merrick
Tim Merrick speaks for The Interview Series, May 8, 2020.
–How did you become an artist?
As a forth grade student taking a studio painting class at the NJ Center for The Visual Arts, art class was a life line for an odd ball kid growing up in suburban NY. Lois Lane was my instructor – a contemporary of Susan Rothenberg. From then on, I knew that this was the life for me.
Was there a particular piece/ body of work/ experience that inspired you?
As an art student in college, I was fortunate to live a year in Rome, Italy. In the winter, during the lull in the tourist season, I spent two weeks in the Umbrian town of Assisi apprenticing with a bookbinder. During a siesta one day, I went to the Upper Church of the Basilica of San Francesco and to my surprise, I was the only person in the building, I had the entire fresco cycle of the life of St. Francis all to my self. A front row seat to one very spectacular work of art.
What images or things do you keep in your studio that influence your work?
It evolves, depending on what I am working on at the moment. Right now, I have Xeroxes of plates from pattern books and The Practical Builder, a 19th century book on building and design.
What positive outcome do you hope will occur to the pandemic experience?
I now have more time to work in my studio. I hope to be able to budget more time for studio work in my workweek.
About Tim Merrick
Tim Merrick is an abstract painter inspired by pattern books of late 19th century American architecture, and treatises on classical architecture. He uses these works as a starting point to explore the emotional states of body and mind in his paintings. The lines in the paintings are reminiscent of the Sinopia layer of Renaissance frescoes. The lines act as an armature to hang the paint from, creating a surface that expresses the mystery of age and the passing of time.
Tim Merrick is an artist who lives in Ithaca, NY. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting. Merrick has participated in various residencies including The Vermont Studio Center, Sculpture Space and The Contemporary Artist Center and has received Grants from The New York State Council for the Arts and the Community Arts Partnership.
View Tim Merrick’s CV here.