Tony just wants to make honest paintings.
Tony Merrick was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire in 1948, the birthplace of Henry Moore. The son of a coalminer, he won a scholarship to the local grammar school before going on to study Fine Art at Hull College of Art where he gained a First Class Honours, Dip AD. He then went on to Chelsea School of Art gaining a Higher Diploma in Art in 1974. At that time, he was producing large abstract works, upto 12 ft in dimension and exhibited with the Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Surrey University and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. His recent work however, could be described as loose figurative.
Tony spent several years at his studio in Gabriel’s Wharf selling directly to the public, but now divides his time between painting and teaching in London and his studio in Languedoc, Southern France.
He exhibits regularly in England and France. Past exhibitions include The Hawker Gallery, Amersham and Red Leaf Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, along with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The New English Art Club and The Pastel Society, all at the Mall Galleries from 2008 to the present day. In December 2013, Tony was made a full Member of the ROI and is now a member of the ROI Council. Tony regularly exhibits and demonstrates at Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon - as well as exhibiting in Burford, Oxfordshire. He also taught at Pear Tree Farm Art Centre, Derbyshire in 2012 and 2013. Collectors include Bertice Reading, Nina Simone, Hayley Mills, Leo Clancy and Sam Mendes.