Long ago – or rather the beginning of October – an artist unlike any other created his own world, “A World Apart.” Fantastical creatures and extraordinary characters play out their stories amongst elaborate scenery and monumental estates. Relying upon his architectural background, artistic talent and creative genius, Daniel Merriam’s ability to bring fantasy to life transports the viewer to a land all his own.
Merriam draws inspiration from numerous sources such as the colonial and Victorian architecture of his hometown in Maine as well as his appreciation for different sectors of art whether it be sculpture, design, literature, or theater. Encouraging collectors to take a trip that their body cannot, Merriam invited the audience at his traveling exhibition on October 4-6 in San Diego, October 12-13 in Laguna Beach, and October 18-20 in Las Vegas. Having been compared to storytellers like Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton, Merriam’s work is a continuous narrative, each new piece elaborating upon his unique story. His merging of fantasy with reality is derived from a long tradition of theater and pantomime, leaving each painting a stage, each subject an actor. Each of his recognizable characters help the story unfold.
Collectors enjoyed entering Merriam’s magical world by coming in costume, becoming actors themselves. Appetizers were served, fine wine delighted the palette, and a spontaneous classical performance by a family of violinists graced the EC Historic Gaslamp Gallery. The combination of music and art brought the audience alive. The young talented musicians, inspired by Merriam’s masterpieces, created a harmonious soundtrack to the performance nature of his paintings.
The Tease by Daniel Merriam, Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 24 inches
If you were unable to attend this journey to Merriam’s world, be sure to discover his latest fine art limited edition that was unveiled during the exhibition entitled The Tease. Exclusive Collections Galleries is also fortunate to have received Gallery Exclusive Limited Edition paintings of Merriam’s Ondine and Lake House. Be sure to stop by the gallery to see these chosen works of art as they are not available anywhere else! If you missed this year’s show, RSVP for Merriam’s show next year as soon as possible. We cannot wait to see what this amazingly talented artist will dream up!