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Merle Bishop
New Zealand contemporary artist works in pastel, oil, watercolour, intaglio etching, bronze

I am strongly influenced by my graphic design background.
I see ordinary things and ideas emerging and developing in my mind, a never ending flow…they are just thoughts, fun-loving imaginings that eventually find their place on the paper, initially for my own pleasure but fanned by the recent discovery that these scribblings also bring pleasure to others.
My first dogs running were mono-prints, a series created in 1990 called " dog, fog, jog…". These prints were made as a temporary alternative to etching. By nature in every sense of the word, dogs are colourful.
Recently fish appeared swimming alongside the dogs. This soon developed into dogs swimming with fish, the fish became flying fish and before long Spot was flying too! My signature piece ( dog runs in, runs across, runs out…) portrays the energetic, continual ritual of not only dogs but of life, except... dogs are fun and know how to remain happy! I find each day on the beach as I walk my own dog, so much happiness. This continues to motivate me as I try to capture some of this craziness in my work, so
when a little joy is required at home it may be found on the wall preserved in pastel, etching or bronze
'...when a little joy is required at home...'
Merle Bishop nz pastel artist, spot the dog
New "Spot knew better than to get involved"
Pastel on Fine Art Paper, Framed
Size: 64cm x 49cm Price: $810 ENQUIRE NOW

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New "Even though the clouds were small Spot knew they were silver lined "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Size: 64cm x 49cm Price: $1150 ENQUIRE NOW
  New "Spot knew Mondays at the Bustop were grey "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper, Framed
Size: 58cm x 45cm Price: $950 ENQUIRE NOW
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New "The day was too nice to be sitting around... (Spot knew that!)"
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Size: 69cm x 53cm Price: $1100 ENQUIRE NOW
 
New "Spot was forever in the water"
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Size: 58cm x 48cm Price: $450 ENQUIRE NOW
merle bishop nz pastel and mixed media artist, spot the dog  
Merle Bishop nz pastel artist
New "Spot's race took him to the end of the universe and back again"
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Size: 77cm x 65cm Price: $1150 ENQUIRE NOW
 
New "Spot knew they needed more coffee "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Size: 73cm x 54cm Price: $1350 ENQUIRE NOW
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Merle Bishop nz bronze sculptor, spot the dog
"Spot the Braille Dog" Investment Cast Bronze
Lifesize Price: $9000 ENQUIRE NOW Sold Commissions Available
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Spot in Bronze Merle Bishop
"Spot's heart was in the right place...!" 1/1 Size: 34cm tall x 20cm
"Spots jogged for the fun of it...! " 1/1 Size: 34cm tall x 20cm Sold
"Spot's mind was always on the race...! " 1/1 Size: 34cm tall x 20cm Sold
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"Spot always headed home.."
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 33cm x 44cm Price: $430

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merle bishop nz pastel artist
" Spots Friends - The kiwis always won "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 53cm x 43cm Price: $850

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" Spots island run... "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 34cm x 29cm Price: $395
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" Spot in heaven..."
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 38cm x 31cm Price: $395 ENQUIRE NOW
  "Spots Orange Tree"
Pastel on Fine Art Paper (Framed)
Framed Size: 54cm x 44cm Price: $485 New 2016 ENQUIRE NOW
merle bishop nz pastel and etching artist   merle bishop nz pastel and etching artist
" Spot found that every cloud had a special lining...! "
Pastel and Gold Leaf on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 92cm x 75cm Price: $1650
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  " Spot was in an abstract frame of mind...! "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 64cm x 49cm Price: $610 ENQUIRE NOW
merle bishop nz pastel and etching artist   merle bishop nz pastel and etching artist
" Spot didn't mind who walked whom...! "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 64cm x 49cm Price: $850 ENQUIRE NOW sold
  " Spot enjoyed the comforts of home...! "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 54cm x 44cm Price: $450 ENQUIRE NOW
merle bishop nz pastel and etching artist   merle bishop nz pastel and etching artist
" Spots would you believe it moment! "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Framed Size: 73cm x 60cm Price: $1250
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  " I said THEY need more exercise dear...! "
Solar plate etching Unframed
Framed Size: 33cm x 33cm Price: $150 ENQUIRE NOW
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" Spots Holy Race...! "
Sugar-lift aquatint etching with gold and silver leaf Unfram ed
Size: 450mm x 290mm Price: $270 ENQUIRE NOW

  "Spot knew his timing was right "
Pastel on Fine Art Paper Framed
Size: 77cm x 65cm Price: $950 ENQUIRE NOW


Merle Bishop New Zealand contemporary artist bringing humour back into contemporary art

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