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"I want to strip my work of effects, until it stands monolithic, based
on reality and yet transcending it. It must flow naturally from my
materials, from the way of the chisel and the way of the block. This
is very difficult but it is the only way." (Shiko Munakata, Japanese
This is the same goal Merlyn Chesterman aspires to.
Her work is mostly about places and the natural world, and what she
sees and feels around her.
Latest Update: April 2013
About Merlyn Chesterman
Merlyn Chesterman is a British painter and printmaker who
grew up in Hong Kong. She
lived overseas for 25 years, in Hong Kong, Thailand, and the U.S.,
travelling to Bhutan, China and Kashmir to paint. Her work can be
found in the Hong Kong Museum of Art and in galleries in London and the
She returned to England to study fine art at the Bath
Academy of Art, Corsham England, where she obtained a B.A. and a
Diploma of Education. Always painter, she begann
in 2000, learning from Carol and Colin Walkin at West Dean College,
where she has taught short courses since 2004.
Statment by the artist
"I try to catch the spirit of place, working at a fundamentally
abstract level, with a supporting, literal surface. Even in woodcuts,
as with painting, I try to keep my options for development open, to
keep the process alive. Looking back over my sketchbooks, it surprises
me slightly that I have always had the same preoccupations."
Exhibitions and Awards
1977 - Contemporary Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition, City Hall.
1978 - Pearl City Art Exhibition, Hong Kong, China.
1979 - Save the Children Fund Exhibition, The Mandarin, Hong Kong.
Contemporary Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition, City Hall.
1980 - China Coast Community Exhibition, The Mandarin, Hong Kong.
One-person show at IDL, Lane Crawford's: "Paintings and Illustrations
of China and Bhutan".
1981 - "First Choice" Group Exhibition, Arts Centre, Hong Kong.
Contemporary Hong Kong Bienniel Exhibition, City Hall.
Cover for Asia Week: The Dalai Lama.
1983 - Group show "Westen Eyes look at the Orient", Landmark, Hong Kong.
1984 - Contemporary Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition, City Hall.
Winner of Urban Council Fine Arts Drawing Award.
1985 - Urban Council of Fine Arts Award Winners Exhibition, City Hall,
Plant illustrations for "Twelve Hong Kong Walks", Published by Oxford
1989 - Artwork for Wildlife Fund Thailand. Illustration for Sawasdee,
Thai Airways Inflight magazine. Invitation by Royal Government of Bhutan
to travell trough Bhutan to promote the country trough painting.
1990-1993 - Private comissions in the US.
One-person show at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall, London.
1993-2000 - Exhibitions of miniatures at the Town Hall, Wells, and the
Royal Albert Museum, Exeter, UK. Exhibition at the Dorset Gallery,
Wareham, in conjunction with the pottery of Philip & Frannie Leach,
entitled West East
2001 - One-person show at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall, London.
Russell-Cotes Museum & Art Gallery, Bournemouth, print room.
2002 - Manhattan Graphics, NY, group show. The Walk, London, SE1, summer
grou show. "If Pressed" group show, Sherbourne House, Dorset.
2003 - Group Summer Show, Burton Art Gallery.
2004 - Royal West of England Academy, Open Print, Bristol. "Here
and There" one person show in Marine on St Croix, Minnesota for the
Science Museum of Minnesota.
2006 - Noth Devon Festival, two-person printmaking show at Appledore
Craft Company. Society of Wood Engravers 69th Annual Exhibition group
touring show. Illustration in Monoprinting, pub. A&C. Black.
2007 - Arts now, Red Forge Collective Exhibition, Corsham, Wilts.
Group show, Stillwater Public Library, Science Museum of Minnesota.
2008 - DeMuth's, Bath, two-person show. The Burton Art Gallery, Bidford,
two-person show. Ruskin Mill, Gloucs, two-person show. Summer show at
The Sussex Barn, West Dean College, Chichester. Exhibitor in "Footprint"
1st Biennial International Print Competition, Center for Contemporary
Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, USA.
Mrs. Merlyn Chestermans artworks can be found in the collections of:
City Hall Mueseum of Art, Permanent Collection, Hong Kong.
Princess Ashi Tashi Dorji of Bhutan.
Lord & Lady Wilson of Tillyorn.
Simon & Caroline Bowes Lyon, Lord Lieutenant of Herfordshire.
Awards, Grants, Residencies & Commissions
2002 - Urban Council Fine Arts Drawing Award, Hong Kong. And Tarka Country
Millenium Award to set up printmaking wokshops in Hartland, Devon.
2003 - Devon Community Foundation Local Network Fund grant to run open-accsess
printmaking worshops in Hartland, Devon.
2004 - Arts Council England Award to develop a series of large-scale woodcuts.
2005 - Artist in Residence, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum
of Minnesota. "Enhancing environmental awareness and scientific understanding
through the aesthetics of art." And the Award for all grant to run printmaking
2006 - UnLtd. Millenium Award. Limited edition woodcut for Chichester Writing
2007 - Winner of competition to design St. Georg's field wall mural, Bidford.
Co-designed with Rod Nelson. And Commissioned to design and execute six acoustic
panels, with Rod Nelson, For Pond Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire.
2008 - Designs selected by the Mayor Tirana, Albania, to decorate two Communist
era buildings in the capital. Joint project with Rod Nelson.
Teachings by Merlyn Chesterman
1971-1975 - House-Mother and Art Teacher at The Cotswold Community,
Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire.
1975-1977 - Englich Teacher at Kiangsu-Chekiang College, Hong Kong.
1977-1979 - "English as a Second Language" Teacher, British Council,
1979-1983 - E.S.L. Teacher at Longman School of English, Hong Kong.
1981-1983 - Art Teacher for Caran D'Ache, Hong Kong.
1979-1983 - Art Teacher at Extramural Department, Hong Kong University.
1984-1985 - Art Teacher at The Early Learning Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.
1989-1993 - Art Teaching at Marine Elementary School, Minnesota - After
School Activity Program E.S.L. to Tibetans. Private art lessons.
1993-1995 - Part-Time Art Teacher at The Small School, Hartland.
1996-2000 - Devon County Council Supply Teacher.
2000-date - Link Tutor, Art Specialist, for the Pupils Out of School Team,
Devon Country Council. Printmaking Tutor at West Dean College, Chichester
(Short Courses). Tutor, woodcut workshops, Hartland.
Printmaking Techniques Used
For her work she is using mainly lime, with its superb cutting quality,
and elm and plywood, choosing boards for their particular grain. She
prints the larg prints on Okawara, a Japanese paper, using oil-based or
water-washable ink. And often grading color on the roller and adding extender
to dilute the pigment. She usually uses severall blocks, one printed over
More about Merlyn Chesterman
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