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George Meyrick

March 18, 2011

Shadow 2011


“There is no perfect, it is unobtainable”, according to George Meyrick.   His sculptures are hand-made and he sees their inaccuracies.  Others see their exactness. For him “The pieces that really succeed are the ones that the viewers create in their minds and they will be utter perfection”. The scale of Meyrick’s sculpture is domestic, he aims for “a modesty, a lightness of touch, a delicacy”. When he makes installations they are more expansive, they cut into the space and become an integral part of it. He has a simple, direct approach to materials using what is readily available, like the yellow tiled wall in Join the Dots 2007.   An existing part of a structure, a simple form and imagination work together to make his point.

Join the Dots 2007


He imagines that his pieces are buried within walls, indicated by a shape touching the surface but hidden inside.  So the geometry of the perfect form is only complete when the viewer’s imagination takes the line on into the structure of the wall or the fabric of the building.  It is not just a triangle painted on a wall. There is more to it than that.  What is visible is incomplete.

Interjacent forms installation 2005

Brewhouse Installation 2008

Meyrick plans his work in sketchbooks. Small freehand triangles and coloured lines flow across the pages. Out of this chaos, he creates order.  He paints precise coloured drawings using a mapping pen filling in the colour so it remains flat, unmarked. Once he used blacks; gouache, acrylic and Indian ink, which relied on the play of light on their differing surfaces to suggest the illusion of three dimensions. Now he uses bright, clear hues. He makes card maquettes which hang from the studio ceiling or sit alongside each other on a deep shelf.  Finally his sculptures are constructed out of birch-faced ply and then painted.

Sketchbook 2011

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds holds all his early sketchbooks and maquettes in their archive. His student ‘drawings’, consisting of wooden rods and shadows thrown by a light source, had an elusive quality which is still evident in his current work.  Solid triangles intersect corners or emerge from the surface of a wall and combine with an apparently three-dimensional form which is actually a piece of flat painting. It is the illusion of solidity which makes them so intriguing. His ‘Form from Form’ series relocates a section of wall without adding any material, essentially creating a sculpture from nothing. Meyrick’s installation, Plinth 2007,  shown in the Bournemouth University Art Collection 2007/2008 exhibition relates  to the earlier Form From Form series.

Plinth 2007

Form From Form 2006

Increasingly Meyrick’s installations are collaborative.  From his ideas he creates a physical form but leaves the final version to be interpreted by the viewer.  As with much art they need that perfect triangle of maker, art work and audience to make them complete. He does not use beautiful materials to produce a beautifully made product; his works are not objects to possess.  For Meyrick the idea is what matters.

He cites the Russian constructivists and the American minimalists as influences and he also talks about a “wonderful box” by Naum Gabo in the Tate: “It is looking quite battered now but you wouldn’t want to see it remade, you enjoy it as a battered object, but in my mind’s eye I see it as it was”.  This is the key to Meyrick’s work, the importance of it remaining perfect in someone’s mind.

Inside the outside IV 2006

© Fiona Robinson.  2005 /2011

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2011 6:29 pm

    ‘Shadow’ and ‘Brewhouse Installation’ , two fantastic sculptures and I have only seen them on a computer screen!

  2. March 19, 2011 9:39 pm

    Not surprised you like these Johannes. Have to make sure you see them in person! Must get together – will be in touch. f

  3. August 1, 2011 11:11 am

    I’ve had a look for more info about his work, but can’t find anything…. can you point me in the right direction??


    • August 11, 2011 1:44 pm

      Hi Jonathan
      George works at a studio space in Cornwall and there is a bit more info on He also exhibited with me in Illusions of Space and there is a link on my website to the images and texts from that show.

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