Drew Merritt

Drew Merritt
Drew Merritt
May 29, 2014
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Born on the outskirts of Clovis, New Mexico, Merritt lived and worked on a farm, fostering a deep emotional connection to nature and began his work as an artist.

Drew Merritt aspires to earn the title of artist, and he works hard to convey a broad spectrum of feelings. Feelings like Loneliness, vanity, and even contentment. He paves a highway into the emotional world (visually) by creating empathy in the viewer. The use of vivid colors, and his almost graphic style, creates a visual biography around the subject, showing who they are, and where they’ve been. His ever-changing body of work utilizes a vast array of mediums and textures, while putting classic subjects in a contemporary setting.

Drew, and his work, has been described as: Contemporary • Modern • Impressionistic • Abstract • Street and Graffiti Artist • Commissioned • Up and Coming • Independent • Unrepresented • Large Scale • Muralist • Iron and Metal Artist • Sculptural • Multi-media • Mixed-media • Children Book artist • Self-represented

Graffiti covered cargo trains passed before the eyes of the budding artist and indefinitely inspired him to pursue a career underground, against the law, and creating his place in a hybrid culture, between rural and urban. Graffiti culture in itself is clandestine. Merritt’s subject matter, however, is seen with hope and determination of contemporary players in a positive, light fashion. The juxtaposition of these qualities yields a visually spectacular series of work. Drew is from New Mexico but now lives in Los Angeles.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Slaying GiantsKnown Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2014Slaying GiantsKnown Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2013American TransientRunnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico UniversitySolo
2013Vanity FareGlobal Fashion News Gallery , Dallas, TexasSolo
2013Drew MerrittGallerie Noir, Dallas, TexasSolo
2012ChiaroscuroW.A.A.S. Gallery, Dallas, TexasSolo
2012Summer group showCohn Drennan Contemporary, DallasGroup
2012Dames showIronlak, Los AngelesGroup
2011Cry FireLouise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, TexasSolo
2011Santa Fe's Progressive Arts FairSanta Fe, New MexicoGroup