MEET JOSE MERTZ
We were lucky enough to have Jose Mertz join us for our
August Liquitex Residency Program. Taking inspiration from ancient
civilizations, sci-fi, Eastern philosophy, dreams, myth and the supernatural,
Jose uses a range of exciting mediums to create his work.
We loved watching his pieces take shape over at The
Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park, NJ. By the end, he’d created a new series
of drawings and mixed media, expanding his already formidable collection of
illustrative, fantasy-inspired images. Jose even found time to create a
Liquitex-sponsored mural for the Wooden Walls mural project on the Asbury Park
His finished work was displayed for viewing and
discussion at an Open Studio at The Collective Art Tank. You can also find his
pieces in other notable publications like ArtSlant, Juxtapoz, Booooom and
When not busy hosting the Liquitex Residency Program, The
Collective Art Tank is an open studio space, offering a curated schedule of
events and exhibitions.
In July 2015, we launched The Liquitex Residency Program
at The Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park, NJ and Dahlia Elsayed was our very
first resident. This New Jersey-based artist is known for bringing text and
image together, melding conceptual art, comics, cartography and landscape
paintings with softer wordplay and idioms. Looking at Dahlia’s work, we were
fascinated to see how she allows images and language to constantly change each
other. It’s unsurprising her work is celebrated for connecting the ephemeral
and concrete, the psychological and the topical - taking the audience on a
journey from beginning to end.
Dahlia was an amazing way to launch The Liquitex
Residency Program and add to the city’s emerging arts movement. It was a
pleasure to meet the artists, art enthusiasts and onlookers who visited The
Collective Art Tank to meet and discuss her work, and learn tips and techniques
for using Liquitex products.