Current Location:
Lake Michigan Hall -> 1st Floor (LMH)
Location Notes:
LMH; 1st Floor; Room 133; Between Offices 135 and 134.

Desert Canyon

Oil on Canvas Board
Artworks;Frames - Height: 16";21.5" Width: 19.5";25.25" Depth: 2"
Note: 16"h x 19.5"w;21.5"h x 25.25"w
Desert canyon scene. Close-up rocks along bottom edge are realistic, in shades of orange, brown, black and yellow. The background is less realistic in more shades of brown, grey and blue.
Historical Context:
Armand Merizon was an artist who refused to be held to any one style or template for how art should be represented. He threw off the mantle of tradition, worked through his disabilities, and refused to let go of the brush that both defined and bound him from his earliest years to his last breath. As a boy growing up in Grand Rapids, MI, he was possessed by a wandering spirit, and resisted the confinement of his early years among his family of strict Dutch immigrants. He struggled with illness and the confinement of schools. He lived through the Great Depression, joined the military during World War II, and studied art in New York and Europe. Merizon was a visionary who experienced the world at-large to be both his most suited classroom and greatest teacher. Merizon’s work never stopped expanding throughout his life and his restlessness was clearly illustrated on canvas, where he created more than 1,000 works of art during his lifetime. The GVSU Art Gallery Collection holds the largest public collection of original Armand Merizon paintings in the world and hosts the Armand Merizon: Online Digital Library, a full catalogue raisonne (