Merrick Belyea has been a prolific Western Australian artist over the past 20 years.
His paintings use a restricted colour palette to explore socio-political thematic concerns, allowing an exploration of colour, tone and surface.
With a structural approach that is partly inspired by graphic novels, the finished works operate as single narrative frames, frozen in time and powerful in content. Visual clues provide hints for the viewer to investigate unresolved leads – and to imagine what might occur beyond the frame.
Moving between distinct traditions of figurative and landscape painting, Merrick’s ongoing explorations of contemporary human behaviour embrace both realism and abstraction.
Merrick maintains a regular exhibition program in Australia, including the Melbourne Art Fair, and overseas, including being invited to exhibit at the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. He was included in the Australian Art Collector ‘Australia’s Most Collectable Artists’ list in 2004 and 2006.