Drew Merritt’s Mural Progress for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape

Drew Merritt grew up on a farm in New Mexico where he was always creative and naturally artistically inclined, but it wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles where he transitioned from being a person who can paint to a man striving to earn the title of an artist. Merritt was worked towards refining his technique and voice to create works that ultimately derive emotion from the viewer. He is interested in flaws, whether it be physical, emotional, or environmental, and paints realistic portraitures that tap into Merritt’s own exploration of empathy and relationships.

Click through Drew Merritt’s mural in progress for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of Art opening this weekend.

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“Vitality and Verve III” is the third iteration of the collaborative series curated by Thinkspace Projects with the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach for the Long Beach Museum of Art, and will be featuring ephemeral murals and installations from Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush,
Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS

The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
Curated by Thinkspace with support from POW! WOW! Long Beach

On View June 30, 2018 thru September 9, 2018 at:

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA. 90803

Friday, June 29 opening night gala tickets available now for only $15 at:


Another process shot of Princess Elisabeth Friederike Sophie for I Know A Guy Gallery in Bayreuth, Germany

Drew Merritt’s hyperreal rendering and darkly stylized painting aesthetic jump off the canvas and on to walls for his larger than life murals. Merritt creates compositions set against nondescript areas of negative space to direct focus on the image that is to, his ultimate aim, stir an emotional response. Tomorrow, Friday, May 25th is the last day to view Merritt’s “Slaying Idols,” gallery hours are noon to 6 pm.

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