Resident Profile:

Adrian Merrifield

Fine Artist

I was born 1968, in Bournemouth, Dorset. Despite having an interest in art at school, I never pursued it for many years doing various jobs, until 2008. During recovering from illness, I started drawing again. In 2010 I attended Bournemouth and Poole College, achieving a Foundation Diploma, in Art and Design. I studied a BA Honours Fine Art Degree, at the University of Chichester, specializing in painting and then I went on to do a Masters Degree.

For me painting is a creative act, which allows me to explore complex ideas. The fact that something special can be created on to a blank canvas or a bare piece of wood, presents a great deal of fascination for me. Painting is a perfect intimate pursuit, without any team pressure and encourages independent thought and approach.

 

Many of the paintings that I produce, are quiet and rather eerie. This quality of stillness of these effects, is something that I try to exploit, whenever possible in my work and this is why the paintings I produce, are nearly always depopulated and realist in style.

My work is primarily focuses upon the English landscape and the impact that contemporary society is having on it. The landscape of the edges of large conurbations and the green belt, are frequent subjects of my work. Pylons, telegraph poles, masts and wind turbines, feature frequently in my work, as their presence in the countryside is often visible and are evidence of contemporary societies need for power, speed and communication.

I have been at Factory Studios for some time now and it just gets better all the time. I find the atmosphere very laid back here and I have met some very interesting people.

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