Merryn Trevethan is a Singapore based Australian artist best known for her abstracted cityscapes depicted using saturated colours and bold lines. Her work reflects the experience of living in increasingly globalised cities, constantly in a state of flux, and dominated by the digital. It maps the invisible networks that connect us, reminding us of the impact of technologies on our perception.
Trevethan works across a range of mediums from large scale wall works, public art, and spatial interventions, to painting, drawing, small sculpture and artists books. In all mediums, she exploits the interaction of colour to create a spatial ambiguity that reminds us of the turbulence and limitations of visual perception.
Trevethan holds a Masters of Fine Art from Monash University. In 2015 and 2016 she was commissioned to create murals for the Singapore offices of Facebook. She was awarded first prize for the 2015 DRIVE – Public Art Open Call at Gillman Barracks, Singapore. Public art projects include HUFF Outdoor Studio Residency at Gillman Barracks (2016), ArtTown Public Art Festival Melbourne (2016), Footscray on the Edge Melbourne (2012) and a commission to create temporary public works for Substation as part of the Big West Festival Melbourne (2011).
Public art projects include HUFF Outdoor Studio Residency at Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2016), ArtTown Public Art Festival (2016), Melbourne; Footscray on the Edge (2012) and a commission to create temporary public works for Substation for Big West Festival (2011). She has been Artist in Residence at PointB Worklodge, New York (2011), Red Gate International Artist Residency, China (2009) and GEMS World Academy, Singapore (2015). She has recently been selected for the 2018 Golden Foundation Residency Program in New York. Her work is held in Yale/ National University of Singapore Collection as well as numerous private collections.
Recent solo exhibitions include Provable Falsehoods (2017) Fox Galleries, Melbourne; The Party’s Over (2016) Australian High Commission, Singapore & Thanks For The Downgrade… (You Should All Be Fired!) at Fehily Contemporary (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Apertures, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2017); Of Colour and Light, Yarra Sculpture Gallery (2016); Colour In, 120 Langford (2013) and LINE, Wyndham Art Gallery (2013).
Trevethan is a Certified GOLDEN Art Educator and is a regular tutor at The Art Room, Melbourne. In Singapore, she works with local organization Art Outreach to deliver a range of educational programs for children and families. Cutatorial projects include the upcoming This Wild Song x Singapore (2018) and various projects under the moniker The Never Never Arts.
2005 Masters of Fine Arts (By Research) Monash University, VIC AU
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts-Painting, Honours (1st Class) Monash University
1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts-Painting Monash University, VIC AU
AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
2018 Artist in Residence at Sam and Adele Golden Foundation of the Arts Residency Program
2016 Facebook Singapore, Partner Centre Murals, Singapore
2015 Facebook Artist in Residence Program, Wall Painting Summer Commission, Singapore
2015 DRIVE – Open Call Public Art Prize – 1st Prize WINNER, Singapore
2015 Artist in Residence, ART WEEK, GEMS World Academy, Singapore
2013 NAVA Australian Artists Grant
2012 Footscray on the Edge – Public Art Collaborations with Kendal Henry, Melbourne
2011 Point B Worklodge Artist in Residence, Williamsburg, New York
2011 Public Art Commission- Transit Gallery, The Substation, Melbourne
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Provable Falsehoods (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
The Party’s Over… (solo), Atrium Gallery, Australian High Commission, Singapore
Of Colour and Light- Victorian Abstraction, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
A Permanent State of Flux… (solo), Trocadero Artspace, Melbourne
DRIVE – Public Art Festival, Gillman Barracks, SINGAPORE
can’t get here from there… (solo), Articulate Projectspace, Sydney
Thanks for the downgrade… (You should all be fired!) (solo), Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne