Pablo Picasso once asked, “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this?” Meryl Blinder can. The artist’s paintings and drawings showcase, celebrate, and study the interactions, intensities, saturations, and subtleties of color. Her lifelong interest in color found expression first as a silk-screener, and later as a courtroom artist.
But, it was truly honed during a decade as a colorist under renowned architect Michael Graves, creating color-rich, water-inspired designs and patterns for wall coverings, carpets and murals for Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Hotels. One notable exception to her colorful art is a black and white pencil drawing depicting the geometric pattern of a World Trade Center tower; it was acquired by the Library of Congress as part of its permanent collection of art in response to 9/11.
“My work puts the color principles and theories of Josef Albers into practice,” Meryl explains. “Color is all about
its context and the interaction with other colors.” Her latest series of paintings includes an exploration of clouds,
landscapes, and abstraction.
A showing of Meryl’s work will take place on Tuesday, June 6 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., with the artist presenting a talk
on color on Wednesday, June 7 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Gallery Jupiter, the Little Silver gallery owned by her sister,
Judi Trammell. “Judi and I have a very similar esthetic,” Meryl says. “We grew up with an appreciation for art and
beauty.” The artist will be on hand to discuss her work, and maybe even reveal her favorite color.
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