‘The paintings of Mervyn Williams at Artis Gallery lock together form and colour.
They also combine traditional painting techniques with modern digital design. After his large retrospective exhibition the artist continues confidently to build on the momentum. All these paintings are large and have considerable impact and carrying power.
Most notable are those that have bare circles in fields of intense colour. In a work such as Bowler the colour is confined to red and green. At the centre is a glowing, shaded sphere of red surrounded by a halo of pale green. The green expands outward in dim rings that grow darker toward the edges of the painting. They are interrupted at one stage by an immaculately painted, vivid ring of red. This ring makes the work pulse with energy emphasising the depth of the green.
Its optical effects are matched by the brilliant circles of Diva, which also makes play with red that produces dim after-images when the eye is allowed to move around the painting.
Simplicity of composition does not exclude complexity of effect. The cross shapes Red Renewal and Fabric of Time have their remarkable luminosity of colour modulated by corners of precise narrow stripes. In other works the circular forms dissolve in the lines, which themselves are subject to subtle changes in tone and an almost indistinguishable movement of shadows on the surface
Circles and lines combine in the spectacular Twilight where the edge of the circle breaks the continuous lines into shallow perspective until they almost, but not quite, dissolve in the depths of the rich blue.
It all makes for an exhibition full of impressive sensory experience, which after the initial impact repays further time spent looking into the work.’