Thomas Merrett

Thomas Merrett (b. Suffolk in 1987) is a sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker. He received his training at City & Guilds of London Art School and then the Florence Academy of Art.  Since 2017 he has been a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and since 2020 he has been represented by the gallery Crean & Company.

His work is in numerous collections, including the permanent collection of the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona. He has been awarded the International Founders Sculpture Prize in 2016 and in 2021 named as a finalist for the National Sculpture Prize 2021.

‘My work is centred around the human form, a fascination for anatomy and movement, and the challenge of portraying this in sculpture and drawing.  Through my work I aim to create a unique interpretation of the subject in front of me rather than just a skilful and literal replication of their likeness.

I create portraits and figures by reducing my sculptures to more basic forms. By this I do not mean simply abstraction, but an attempt to capture the subject’s character whilst moving beyond the physical anatomy of the human form.’


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