Born in Switzerland in 1942 Albert Merz came to art quite late in life; he describes himself as a late bloomer. At the age of 38 he joined an art school in Berlin, after first trying his hand at theatre production.Channeling the art of assemblage, first made famous by the modern artists of the 1950’s, such as Matisse, Merz uses the
juxtaposition of recognisable objects and shapes to create abstract parallels within his pieces.
The contrast of light and dark colour overlaid on one another give the illusion of depth, much like a still life painting of a classical era. Merz commonly has his shapes duelling, as if both attempting to embody the artwork as much as the other, building the objects character and the works narrative. His intention is to give balance
between the two, using the aquatint process to create light, dark and a contrast. «LÉstampe»