Merrilyn Blackall

Merrilyn BlackallMerrilyn Blackall was born in the UK and emigrated to Australia with her parents in the 1950's via Indonesia and the East - which had a formative and lasting influence on her colour palette.

After completing her schooling and an Art Diploma at Brisbane Technical College, she moved to Melbourne and undertook further study of life drawing and painting at Swinburne College and at the Victorian Art Society with William Frater.

In 1975 Merrilyn moved to Sydney with her husband (painter, Ted Blackall) and set up a studio above her house in Newport on Sydney's northern beaches; whilst continuing to study with The Royal Art Society of NSW concentrating on portraiture, landscape and life painting.

For the last few years Merrilyn and Ted have divided their time between Sydney and New York, where they both have taken further classes with The New York Artists League.

A gifted designer and colourist, Merrilyn has mastered a variety of different styles (figurative, impressionistic and abstract) and moves freely from one to the other and back again, as the mood takes her.

Since she started exhibiting in 1972, Merrilyn's work has been featured in over 30 exhibitions and has been selected and won high commendation in numerous art prizes, including: The Mosman Art Prize (1992 and 1993), The Willoughby City Art Prize (1990) and The Warringah Art Prize (1990); amongst others.

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