ARTIS Gallery is proud to present twelve new works by Mervyn Williams in his new exhibition – ‘Colour Corrected’.
Coinciding with this exhibition is the announcement of a major book to be published later this year by Ron San Publications. Covering more than fifty years of work by Mervyn Williams, ‘lost for words’ by Dr Edward Hanfling, is richly illustrated with more than 250 colour plates. This comprehensive study is the first ever in-depth survey of the long and varied career of this pioneer of Abstraction and Optical Art in New Zealand. It ranges from the precocious abstracts of the 1950s to Williams’ dramatic new works in the digital medium.
Special attention is given to the remarkable body of paintings which evoke such an intense appearance of three-dimensionality that only touching the surface dispels the conviction that it is, in fact, in low relief. These works were dismissed by many critics and curators when they appeared 25 years ago. However, re-assessment in recent times acknowledges this entirely unique and original contribution to the wider discourse of modernism.
Photographs of the artist by leading photographers Marti Friedlander, Laurence Aberhardt and others. Also included informative essays by a number of prominent writers including Dr Michael Dunn and Hamish Keith.