Maria Merridan

Artist, Printmaker and Illustrator

Maria graduated from Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1992 after gaining a BA Hons Degree in Communication Media (Illustration). Since graduating, she has also completed the Advanced Certificate in Printmaking at Curwen Study Press, Cambridge and a series of short courses including Lithography, Wood Engraving, Arts Management and Digital Illustration.

Maria’s fine art work frequently combines a range of media including; print, collage, drawing and watercolour painting.  Surfaces tend to be built up gradually creating multi-layered artworks. Recurring themes of migration, meteorology, maps, astronomy, natural history and science can be observed.

For the past six years Maria has collaborated with a range of Cambridge based scientists including Dr Helen Mason, OBE, Dr Giles Yeo and Dr Hugh Hunt to produce notable artworks for Creative Reactions, and the international ‘Pint of Science Festival’.  She was awarded The Peoples Award in 2015 for an artwork titled ‘Making Materials Come Alive’ – a large mixed media pieces made in collaboration with group leader at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University, Dr Stoyan Smoukov.

Maria lives and works as an artist close to the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border, delivering print workshops and lecturing Art and Design to Higher Education students at a local further education college. She also produces exclusive illustrations for ‘Coded Storm’, a British-based contemporary art studio, specialising in hand-made prints and other original paper-based goods.  

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