Red Dress by Merran Fuller

ARTIST NOTES: The vivid red dress on a dressmaker's dummy was one of a series of cover illustrations designed for a novel about a French seamstress at the turn of the 20th Century. It is painted in gouache with charcoal and pastel highlights. The drawing features white stitching following the imaginary pattern lines and trim of the dress against the brilliant red background. Works as a pair with Ivory Chiffon Dress.


DIMENSIONS (Height - 58.00 cm X Width - 41.20 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Mixed Media on Paper
REGISTERED NRN # 000-2424-0137-01
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Artist: Merran Fuller


I am a mixed-media Melbourne-based artist living in Elsternwick.

My works range from realist, semi abstract and abstract artworks on paper, board and canvas, and original prints on archival quality photographic rag paper. I studied Art & Design, majoring in printmaking (etching) at Victoria College (now Swinburne).

For many years I produced original art cards and works on paper sold through my online shop. My prints and works on paper are held in various state institutions and private collections around the world, including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Practically any artistic expression has influenced my technique and concepts including film, installation, soundscapes, music, photography, illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, collage and indigenous art. I love art in all its forms.

Coming primarily from a printmaking background, I’m interested in using line, colour and texture equally with imagery to elicit a contemplative mood in the viewer. I tend to have an interior view of the world, often drawing on dreamscapes and imaginings, even when depicting real landscapes.

In 2015 I was lucky enough to do an encaustic workshop at R&F Paints in upstate New York where my love for the medium was rekindled. Encaustic (beeswax and dammar varnish) is a soft-layered, luminous medium that can be used to great effect on a variety of surfaces and with other art media.

The workshop has inspired me to combine painterly effects with printmaking techniques, such as incised lines in wax similar to drypoint and the intaglio process. Oil stick over encaustic adds an extra dimension, especially for effects like surf and clouds. The technique can be unpredictable sometimes, but always rewarding.

I’m currently working on a series of ‘Elemental’ paintings that depict the awesome aspect of nature in its overpowering fierceness as well as its contemplative mystery. Nature allows us to experience something greater than ourselves and puts our ego in perspective. Not a bad thing, especially now as we hold the Earth in critical balance.

Group Shows

1983     Seal Club, student printmakers show, South Melbourne

1983     Australian Student Printmakers, National and International Touring Show

1984     Tower Show, Chameleon Gallery, Hobart           

2013     Knox Art Show

2013     Hobsons Bay Art Show

2014     Mornington Art Exhibition

2014     Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, St Kilda

2014     Bella Arti Prize, Chapman & Bailey, Abbotsford

2015     Linden Postcard Show

2016     Linden Postcard Show

2017     Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works

Solo Shows

2014     Louey and Lane               

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