Daniel Merriam


(b. 1963, American)


 


Daniel Merriam is a ‘fantastical’ painter, whose technique calls for extreme precision in a range of media, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, graphite, ink, metallic leafs, etc. The artist’s exacting hand can be traced to his education and practice in the fields of architecture & design and corporate, commercial art. After establishing himself in an award-winning business career, Merriam retired to his first love, fine-art painting and printmaking. He is one of today’s most celebrated and collectible art-of-the-fantastic masters.


Fantastical art means what it says – art that conjures highly exaggerated, imaginative, and other-worldly realms for the viewer, usually in an exacting draughtsman’s style. Very often, fairy tales, science-fiction, children’s illustration, and Grand Historic art movements from art history inform the work of the fantastical artist. In Merriam, one can see the influences of Mother Goose Rhymes, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, the Baroque and Rococo arts of France, Bay Area Victorian design, and Precisionist Art. Finally, the diverse media that Merriam deploys in his complicated compositions create a highly nuanced textural surface, almost invisible to the naked eye, but fascinating in terms of layering and variety. His overall designs can be whimsical, childlike, surreal, formalist, and stunning in conception and detail. Here is an artist truly in touch with a fantastical eye on imaginary worlds.


 


EDUCATION


Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute, mechanical and architectural design


 


PRIZES, HONORS, & AWARDS


‘First Place,’ Broderson Awards, annual Maine advertising-industry award


‘First Place,’ New England Scholastics Press Association Award, editorial cartooning


Honorary Masters of Humane Letters, University of New England


 


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA


National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI


Peninsular Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA


Riverside Museum of Art, CA


Merrill-Lynch


The Gesundheit! Institute, Hillsboro, WV


Manhattan Club, NY


 


MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS


The Art of Daniel Merriam: The Impetus of Dreams, Monarch Editions, Inc., 1998


The Eye of a Dreamer, Monarch, 2007


Dreamscape: The Best of Imaginary Realism, Volume I and II, Salbru Publishing


(The Netherlands), 2006/2007 respectively


Bantam Books, book covers, various


Mid-American Review


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare, Tony® Award-winning


McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, playbill illustration


Art & Antiques


Gulf Connoisseur


New Art International


Realms of Fantasy


The World & I


U.S. Art, Watercolor, and Magic