After the Storm
Medium:Oil on Linen
Height: 17 in
Width: 23 in
Grass plains with clouded sky showing sunlight through the center. Yellow ground in the center with small buildings around it.
Michigan artist Armand Merizon grew up resisting the confinement of his strict Dutch immigrant family. Instead he chose to embrace the diversity of the world around him, constantly taking in his surroundings and all the scenes that would later be expressed on his canvases. This exuberance for life is clearly visible within his artwork as he never really settled on one style of painting in his career. In his catalog of work there are works in oil, acrylic, tempera, multitudes of brush techniques and everything from bright, geometric abstraction to serene realistic landscapes. Later in his life, Merizon was diagnosed with macular degeneration, a progressive disease that causes vision loss. But rather than giving up, Merizon continued to paint, vowing he would do so until his nose touched the canvas. GVSU owns and manages the artist’s catalogue raisonné, which documents his entire life’s work (gvsu.edu/artgallery).