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Artists in Residency - Jose Mertz & Dahlia Elsayed

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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 Boardwalk. 


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 Creem.


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.



February 19, 2016 < Back To News

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