Colin Merrin:
Tales Of The Incomplete

Waiting in Line by Colin Merrin
Time is Passing, Unlock the Door by Colin Merrin
They’d Forgotten What To Do And Who Can Blame Them? by Colin Merrin
The Wild Tale of the Thing We Couldn’t Explain by Colin Merrin
Rise by Colin Merrin
Panic While We Still Can by Colin Merrin
Notes from a Polish Train by Colin Merrin
Not Entirely in Agreement by Colin Merrin
He Paused While Deciding Which Lie to Tell by Colin Merrin
And We All Went to Heaven in a Little Row Boat by Colin Merrin
A Sparkle in Her Uproar by Colin Merrin
A Flick up the Arse by Colin Merrin

We asked the artist…

How would you describe your work?
I draw and paint using an abstract approach to make figurative pieces. Nothing is planned so the work progresses intuitively as a stream of consciousness process. The motifs I choose are largely representational but there is a strong sense of abstraction. Uniqueness and the avoidance of cliché are important so I get an element of personal surprise in how a piece develops. Using found text adds to the work process. This implies meaning, yet I strongly uphold the idea that all meaning is a made up phenomenon and dependent on the individual’s point of view. Political and philosophical ideas are implied, but ultimately I work with absurdity and the irrational, which I think more accurately reflects the current global situation.

What materials do you generally use?
In the main I work with ink, acrylic, watercolour and collage on canvas and paper.

What’s been your favourite project to work on so far?
I don’t have a favourite project. Every painting and drawing is an experiment and it’s the idea of simply not knowing the result of any piece that I enjoy.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently preparing for a show in September at the Box Gallery in Southsea, alongside Joe Loughborough, another figurative artist. I have just made a painting based on the Gaza situation for the Royal Watercolour Society’s summer exhibition at London’s Bankside Gallery. Proceeds from any sale will go to the UNICEF Gaza Children’s Fund. I’m also collaborating on a ceramics project with my partner, Lynn Nicholls (Southsea Mudlark) for a show at the end of November at the Corner Collective.

Where can we find more of your work?
You can find me on Instagram @colinmerrin and on my website –

Colin Merrin:
Tales Of The Incomplete