Merlin Carpenter

Born 1967 in Pembury, UK

1986-89 Saint Martins School of Art, London

Lives in Shepperton, works in London and Berlin




one (and two) person shows


Mutiny, bbberlin in collaboration with Borgenheim Rosenhoff, Oslo

Stress Busters, Kunstraum Schwaz, Austria


Circuits, Palette Terre, Paris

Good, Leech, Berlin (with Georgie Nettell)

Room Based, Guzzler, Rosanna, Victoria, Australia


Grunge, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Room Based, KUNSTHALLE FREEPORT, Porto (with Tomas Rydin)

Room Based – The Paintings, JUBG, Cologne


Room Based, Le Bourgeois, London (with Tomas Rydin)

Steam Engine, Longtang, Zurich

Room Based, Guzzler, Rosanna, Victoria, Australia


archive élastique, Centre d'art contemporain - la synagogue de Delme, France

Circuits, Palette Terre, Paris

Circuits, dépendance, Brussels

Paint-It-Yourself, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York


Simon Lee Gallery, London


De Streepschilderijen — L.A. HUB, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles

De Streepschilderijen, Overduin & Co. Amsterdam

Not Doing a Show in FPÖ Austria, NOUSMOULES, Vienna


Do Not Open Until 2081, Simon Lee Gallery, London

Title of Show, Christian Andersen, Copenhagen

Business Women, Galerie Neu, Berlin


Blogs of the Near Future, dépendance, Brussels


Hands Against Hands, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York


Poor Leatherette, MD 72, Berlin

Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami


London, London

DECADES, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

MD 72 booth, Art-O-Rama, Marseille

MERLIN, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles


DECADES, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto

Support nightclub experience Nightclub, Uma Certa Falta de Coerência, Porto

Solo Show II - All Power to the Factory Outlets, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia

POLICE, dépendance, Brussels


funky house, Limazulu Project Space, London

Au Café, Bar de la Victoire / Bureau Capan-Bordes, Nice

TATE CAFÉ, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York


TATE CAFÉ, Simon Lee Gallery, London

„Heroes“, MD 72, Berlin

Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles


Solo Show, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami

Ballard in Narnia, the interzone, London (with Richard Parry)


The Opening, dépendance, Brussels

The Opening, Simon Lee Gallery, London


The Opening, Galerie Mitterrand + Sanz, Zürich

The Opening, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (at Mercedes-Welt am Salzufer & The Corner Berlin)

The Opening, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles


The Opening, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Relax It's Only a Bad Cosima von Bonin Show, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Vienna


Sounds of War, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva


A Roaring RAMPAGE of Revenge, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

Look What You Made Me Do, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway


Nueva Generación, Distrito 4, Madrid

Take It Easy Default, M-Project, Paris


Children of the Projects, American Fine Arts, Co., New York

When in Doubt Blame the Victim, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz (with Jeremy Glogan)


The Making of 1945, 1997, (screening) The McAllister Institute, New York

Militant, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne


My Father, the Castaway, WhiteCube, Kunstakademi Bergen, Norway


When You Drain the Pool, You Don't Consult the Frogs First, Magnani, London

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

As a Painter I Call Myself the Estate of, Secession, Vienna

VOLVO, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz


Survivors, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne


Doppelganger, The Top Room, London

Chant No 1, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin


Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York


Voluntary Effort, Tom Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles


Friedrich Petzel/Nina Borgmann, New York


Meet You by the Strange Twisted Old Oak Tree on the Secluded Knoll at Dawn in Your Swimming Trunks and I'll Tell You Something Secret. (Don't Be Late). (With Nils Norman), Galerie Z, Göttingen.

Les Jeunes, Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin


Meadow/Wiese, Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne


Electric, Pavillon Ryszard Varisella, organised by Galerie Grässlin-Ehrhardt, Frankfurt

To the extreme, Fettstrasse 7A (Birgit Küng), Zürich


Crusade, Münzstrasse 10, Hamburg





group shows


Working Title: The Workers, Haugar Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway

TRUE GRIT, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

evil or stupid, Le Bourgeois, London

ZONE, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

'It Rains, it Snows, it Paints', Clementin Seedorf, Cologne

Mannheim Miami. The Left-Over-Collection. Part One., Crone Berlin

Hoi Köln - Teil 3: Albtraum Malerei, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne


Hoi Köln - Teil 2: Im Bauch der Maschine, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

Hoi Köln - Teil 1: Begrüßung des Raumes, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

The Backend, Montclair State University Galleries, New Jersey

the Café, O'Flaherty's, New York

Repeater, The Wig, Berlin

We Smell Gas, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

In Defense of Symbolic Value: Artistic Procedures in the Resort, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

"SUPPER CLUB", As It Stands, LA

MISERY: The English, Centre D'editions, Melbourne

Una colección privada, DARDO, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


The Patriot, O'Flaherty's, New York


Jahresgaben, The Wig, Berlin (due to Covid this was digital only)

&zines, Zarinbal Khoshbakht, Cologne

The Party, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Austria

Sarah Staton: Supastore Southside, Slingbacks & Sunshine, South London Gallery, London

Stop Painting, Fondazione Prada - Venezia, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice

A Decade that Exploded, Rialto6, Lisbon

Os Conviventes (Curated by Pedro De Llano), Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto

PARTY DE CAMPAGNE, Centre d'art contemporain - la synagogue de Delme, France


Faktura (For a Nervous Spirit), Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia

The Sewers of Mars, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Words, Simon Lee Gallery, London (online exhibition with IRL version)


9KG DE OXIGÉNIO, Galeria Municipal Do Porto, Portugal

Die Bucklige Verwandtschaft, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne

The Estate, Tobias Kaspar, Salacgrava, Latvia; and Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia


TRANCE, curated by Albert Oehlen, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (catalogue)

The Vitalist Economy of Painting, curated by Isabelle Graw, Galerie Neu, Berlin

Relevelations, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Rome

Elevations / curated by_ROBERT MÜLLER, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna

Mad World, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles


DEATH LOLZ Presents..., Peak, London

The Church Painting Show, Blackwing Studios, London

Optik Schröder II, mumok, Vienna (catalogue)

Sad Movie, Kunsthalle Freeport, Bangkok (with Tobias Kaspar)

Distropical Encounters, In extenso offsite at TARS Gallery, Bangkok (with Tobias Kaspar)


in search of characters..., Galerie Neu, Berlin

New Pleasure, Simon Lee Gallery, New York

The Painting Show, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Seoul

PAINTING | OR | NOT, The KaviarFactory, Henningsvær, Norway

Peace Love and Anarchy = Freedom and Fun Forever, The Horse Hospital, London

Pje. Corina Ka, booth at Feria de Arte Contemporaneo Argentino, Hipodromo de Palermo, Buenos Aires

TISCH, Kiefholzstrasse 401, Berlin

'All Day Breakfast', Munchees Café, Reading, UK

Control 20, Laure Genillard, London

The Painting Show, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland

Readymade, Eva Presenhuber House, Vnŕ, Switzerland (catalogue)


Multiplier, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

THE GEO POLITICS OF MONETIZED AIRSPACE — Come Fly with Me, I Meet You by the Airside Gucci Concession at 4, Fox Fur Hat, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis

The Squatter, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris

Putting Rehearsals to the Test, VOX, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, and SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal

Fora da ordem – obras da Coleção Helga de Alvear, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil

Convergence, Stonescape, Calistoga, USA

Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, mumok, Vienna (catalogue)

La Collection Thea Westreich Wagner et Ethan Wagner, Centre Pompidou, Paris (catalogue)

On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, The Kitchen, New York

Le Bourgeois, 3236RLS, London

Paris - Bruxelles, dépendance, Brussels

Frenemies: Art Versus Commodity, University Art Museum - California State University Long Beach, California (catalogue)

The Painting Show, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (catalogue)

International Fun, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia


Mega Por No, Colmegna Spa, Buenos Aires

Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich (catalogue)

Faux Amis, Simon Lee Gallery, London

wow! Woven? Entering the (sub) Textiles, Künstlerhaus, Graz (catalogue)

Macumba Night Club éditions - Merlin Carpenter / Jérôme Robbe, Artothèque de Villeurbanne, France

Please respond-, M/L Artspace, Venice

Selbstjustiz Durch Fehleinkäufe, Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg

The 60s, watch it gallery, London

MUSEUM SHOW by Nang Gallery, Centre Pompidoo-doo, 2 Lansdowne Rise, London

Call and Response, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York


Excerpts from / How They Met. Part 1: Mother and Her House / Supastore / The Issues of Our Time (1&3) / Fille/Garçon / In the Middle of Affairs, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna

Frieze Art Fair, booth of dépendance, Brussels

BAR DREI, 681 Morgan Ave, Greenpoint, New York

Hard Words, Christian Andersen, Copenhagen

Concept Store, Nest, The Hague

kim? Salon, kim?, Riga, Latvia

Merlin and Isabelle Bankside Launch - A Graduate Exhibition by Sabrina Tarasoff, Paris

Coming of Age for Ages, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany

The Hawker, dépendance at Carlos/Ishikawa, London


The November Issue, Mathew, Berlin

Performance, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

„Why Painting Now?“ Cover Up Curated by Antony Hudek, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna

Please Come to the Show, Part II (1980-Now), The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York


Redundanz, Dependance der Galerie für Landschaftskunst Hamburg in der Wandelhalle Bad Tölz, Germany

Port, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto

Context Message, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York

POST MoDERN (curated by Clayton Deutsch), Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami


Mathew, Berlin

The Institute of Mental Health is Burning, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Wales

Rituals of the Art World, Ludlow 38, New York

Rebus, Simon Lee Gallery, London

A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart


Novel, dépendance, Brussels

Barbaric Freedom, Simon Lee Gallery, London


Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin

Paintings By, Simon Lee Gallery, London

Untitled (History Painting), University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA

WIR VERBESSERN IHRE ARBEIT, Galerie Sandra Bürgel, Berlin (show by Instituto Divorciado)


The Coma Lounge Edinburgh, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Congratulations You Are Represented By Nang Gallery, Nang Gallery, London (and other Nang shows late 2008)

Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, LIFE, Saint-Nazaire, France; then 2008-2010 toured to Museion, Bolzano, Italy; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Malmö Konsthall; CA2M, Madrid (catalogue)

Buy No Wino Buy Lino By Bono, Hats Plus, London

Painting: Now and Forever, Part II, Greene Naftali Gallery / Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

How Can You Represent When You Can't Pay The Rent, The New Dome, Cable St. Studios, London

Zodiac 3000, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK

DO WHAT THY WILLT, Nang Gallery, London


Élégance, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

Genesis I'm Sorry, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (collaboration with Melanie Gilligan)


LIVE HUMANS, The George Tavern, London

Make Your Own Life, Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; then toured to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.

slow burn (curated by Jonah Freeman), Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva


Painters Without Paintings & Paintings Without Painters, Orchard, New York

The Top Room: A Retrospective, Chelsea Space, London

TOTAL ASBO, Pogo Cafe, London

Miradas y conceptos en la colección Helga de Alvear, MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain

Islands of Glory In Streets Caked With the Fæces of Decadence, Nang Gallery, London


Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany

Edge of the Real, Whitechapel Gallery, London


Wild Nights: Remembering Colin de Land, CB's 313 Gallery, New York

Messe in der Galerie, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

Frieze Art Fair, booth of Galerie Christian Nagel, London

Haupt- und Nebenwege, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

Malerei II Ausstellung Nulldrei, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne


Art Crazy Nation Show, MK G, Milton Keynes, UK


Favoritin, Danzigerstr. 44, Berlin

Jewels-in-Art, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz

Works on Aluminum Selected by Paper, WhiteCube, Kunstakademi Bergen, Norway

Musterkarte, Goethe-Institut, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Galería Elba Benítez, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid


Girlfriend, (Curated by Sarah Morris), Galerie für Zeitgenössiche Kunst, Leipzig

Walk 2000, Succession (furniture), London

21st Gear, The Top Room, London

It May be a Year of Thirteen Moons But it's Still the Year of Culture, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

Drawings, Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brussels

Part One, Magnani, London


Painting Lab, Entwistle Gallery, London

Malerei, INIT Kunsthalle, Berlin

Richter, Bohlen, Koether, Galerie Freund - Wind, Vienna

How will we behave? Robert Prime, London

Between London and New York, Taché-Lévy Gallery, Brussels


Art Club Berlin, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

Art Club Berlin, Berlin Art Forum


The Message is the Medium, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle


The Ideal Place, Haags Centrum Voor Aktuelle Kunst, The Hague

AUTOS als Wechselrahmen (Parken mit Kunst), car park next to Kunstverein in Hamburg

Sarah Staton's Supastore Boutique, Laure Genillard Gallery, London

Untitled Group Show, Metro Pictures, New York

Sammlung Volkmann, Berlin

Museum auf Zeit, Fridericianum, Kassel


The Big Summer Group Show: The London Photo Race - U.S.Videos - Einladungskarten, Friesenwall 120, Cologne

Galerie Fettsack, Friesenwall 120, Cologne


A Show by Kiron Khosla, The Long Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin


Paris Bar, Berlin

Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

Fallen und Fallen Lassen, Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz


Peace and anarchy & I love form but she doesn't love me & strange flowers & homage to Schnabel equals freedom and fun forever, 64-65 Guilford St., London

Heimspiel, Kunstverein in Hamburg

Rotation - Art Critic's Art, Galerie Esther Schipper, Cologne





other projects



Burberry Propaganda Tour 2013



salon 4, London



Nang Gallery, London



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Poster Studio, London



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