Merlin James was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1960 and currently lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. As well as a painter he is a writer on art, and from his days as a graduate at London’s Royal College of Art (when the school was located in the Victoria & Albert Museum) he has made extensive use of art history in his own work.

The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris by George Baker and I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation by Francis Picabia, Merlin James, Art Critical, March 1, 2008.