Merlin Carpenter

Merlin Carpenter
Born1967 (1967)
Pembury, Kent, England
EducationSaint Martins School of Art
Known forPainting


Merlin Carpenter (given birth to 1967) can be an British visual artist. Composing in Frieze artwork critic Katie Sonnenborn mentioned that a latest exhibition “continuing his nuanced critique of the health of modern art-making,” which, “working inside the framework from the gallery, he offered a collection of canvases that solid question on current systems of social reception and usage.”

Artistic practice

After graduating from Saint Martins College of Artwork in 1989, Carpenter has truly gone to exhibit in 29 solo displays, and 48 group displays between 1989 and 2007. Carpenter's paintings is seen as deeply ambivalent. His design is heavily inspired by performers like Jackson Pollock and Julian Schnabel. Carpenter promotes in his paintings what he phone calls the "de-subjectivation from the clean heart stroke", and with that is his exploration into what he provides known as "overdetermined imagery" such as for example fashion picture taking. In his artwork Carpenter also marks out the distinctions and parallels between artwork and nonartist high end items. Carpenter is normally symbolized in London by Simon Lee Gallery and in Miami by Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Membership. Explanation of his function is categorised as, "hazy."

The Poster Studio

In 1994 Carpenter setup an experimental art space in London named "Poster Studio room" with fellow artists Dan Mitchell and Nils Norman, amongst others. Its goal was to make a crucial analysis from the contemporary London artwork globe. The poster studio room disbanded in 1996.

Art writing

Carpenter writes content for the periodical Texte zur Kunst, aswell as text messages for catalogues and testimonials..


Exhibitions are the Opening, Mitterrand+Sanz/Modern Artwork, Zurich (2007); Relax It's Just a negative Cosima von Bonin Display, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Vienna (2007) and Noises of Battle, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva (2005) and Ballard in Narnia (with Richard Parry). In 2011, Carpenter produced an exhibition of paintings at Simon Lee Gallery, entitled Tate Café.