Curator’s Talk: Dr Charles Zuill

Join BNG guest curator and founding trustee Dr Charles Zuill for a Curator’s Talk at BNG on Tuesday, May 14, as he discusses A Bermuda Interlude: Paintings by Owen Merton.

Tuesday, May 14, reception at 5.30pm, followed by talk at 6pm
Tickets $20 for BNG members, $30 for non-members

New Zealand watercolourist Owen Merton (1887-1931) arrived in Bermuda in 1921 to paint the landscape, creating a striking Bermuda series which, upon his return to New York in 1923, was exhibited at Gallery Daniel, a gallery known for launching the careers of artists such as Man Ray and Aleksander Archipenko.

Owen Merton’s Bermuda pictures are remarkable for their compressed space and incandescent colour – all aspects of a Modernist aesthetic. Where his earlier paintings were carefully rendered, Merton’s Bermuda brushwork is free and fluid, often with areas of unpainted paper. They mark a confident affinity for capturing the landscape and a distinct point of departure which forever changed the way that he worked.

Dr Charles Zuill is a mixed media artist whose work is mostly experimental, and tends to the abstract. In 1969 he received an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology and in 1984, he earned a Ph.D from New York University in critical studies.

For many years, he taught studio art, as well as art history, at Bermuda College, as well as other institutions of higher learning. He retired from teaching in 2005, but has continued making art. He also writes art criticism for the Royal Gazette. Zuill is a founding trustee of the Bermuda National Gallery, where he continues to serve on the Collections Committee.

This talk will be held in BNG’s Young Gallery, which is on a raised level (up 7 steps with a bannister handrail). If you have questions regarding access, please reach out ahead of this event.

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