Jimmy Merris is an artist who makes films.
I had a terrible nut reaction during a Frieze dinner a few years ago because a smart man gave me a goat’s cheese and walnut canapé. I didn’t tell anyone I’d left — I thought I’d just walk it off. My face doubled in size and I ended up in St. Thomas’ A&E. I didn’t have an iPhone at that point, so I couldn’t photograph it, but I looked like that weird bloke from Pan’s Labyrinth, if you know what I mean.
– Jimmy Merris, interview published in Christies Post War and Contemporary Sale catalogue, 2015.
Recent solo exhibitions include Life eh, Tut, at SWG3, Glasgow, Julie og Jimmy go dogging, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, (with Julie Verhoeven), 2014, London, Bloomberg SPACE, London, 2013 (curated by Paul Pieroni) and Deep Joy on Home Soil, Studio Voltaire, London, 2012. Group Shows include Awesome Tapes From Africa Mate, Bold Tendencies, London, 2013, Yes I Will Yes, American Contemporary, New York, 2013 and Young London, V22, London, 2012.
Jimmy Merris CV
Jimmy Merris, Jimmy Merris sings the Blues, 2013
Single channel video, 8 screen installation, 18m 49
Jimmy Merris, Oh Lord, why didst Thou make Peckham so beautiful and the life of an artist so short?, 2012
Single channel video, 3m 06
Commissioned and produced by Frieze Foundation
Jimmy Merris, Installation view of Life eh, tut, SWG3 Gallery, Glasgow, 2015