About

Brian Merry is a UK based painter, illustrator, textile designer, furniture maker, artist and actor. His work attempts to dispute received notions of what design, craft and art is and can be.

He has worked in the arts for over 20 years and has studied and later taught at both the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins.

He strives to infuse his work with the unexpected, defying received notions of taste and beauty and departing from received wisdom, while still keeping a close eye on the traditions and history of his craft.

He draws inspiration from a variety of places, from a splash of spilled paint on the pavement, to a badly painted portrait of a fading pop star, to the markets and thrift stores of Camberwell and Brixton in South London where he lives and works.

Brian has sold his work in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles to some of the worlds most prestigious companies including Donna Karan, Armani, Banana Republic and Calvin Klein. He also designs and prints his own range of T-shirts under the label adamadamadam, and is also continuously designing one off objects for the home and the body that are at once beautiful, misshapen, elegant, jarring and disorderly.

Brian began acting in 2010 and has appeared in numerous contemporary and classical stage productions, short films and government information campaigns. He is able to apply the same rigorous and investigative approaches to his work in rehearsal room that he employs in his work in the art studio.