"Drawing is a line of life that I cling to in order not to fail"
- Fabien Mérelle "A free spirit capable of creating and imposing both his highly-personal imaginary world and a similarity of meaning"
- Artillery Magazine Fabien Mérelle is a French artist whose delicate and intricate drawings look realistic but on closer examination convey otherworldly and often disquieting subjects. Stuck to the pregnant belly of his wife, an elephant clinging on his back, or in close embrace with his father, Fabien Mérelle portrays himself as the protagonist in his drawings in an absurd and surrealistic play. He is known for the anatomical precision of his figures, the sea of white that surrounds them, and the dreamlike quality of his work. This book combines the highlights from his oeuvre to date, with a hundred drawings and a selection of sculptures. Mérelle has exhibited at The Armory Show in New York, at Art Paris, and was one of the most prominent artists in Jan Fabre's recently curated show, The Raft (Mu.Zee Oostende). In 2010, he was the first winner of the Prix Canson, awarded annually for outstanding work on paper. Text in English and French. Published to accompany a solo show in Edouard Malingue Gallery, Shanghai, October 2019, and a solo show in KETELEER GALLERY ANTWERP. May 2019.