James Merrigan is an artist and art critic. For the past decade he has promoted and promted art discourse and criticism in Ireland as a writer, editor and teacher. In 2010 he developed billionjournal.com, where he found the freedom to experiment with a more playful and polemical art criticism.
James was selected for EVA International Biennale of Visual Art (2014) as a fugitive art critic; he was Co-Editor of the printed quarterly on Irish art, Fugitive Papers; and was Guest-Editor of two issues of Visual Artists’ News Sheet in 2016. In 2011 he was awarded the inaugural Critical Writing Award by Visual Artists Ireland and Dublin City Council's The LAB. A book of his essays was published in 2013 entitled Agents Of Subjectivism.
Recent projects include ‘Deep-Seated’ which took as its starting point the psychoanalytic promotion of the ‘talking cure’; and All or Nothing, a film that looks at the nature and nurture of painting from an Irish perspective. In April 2017 James launched Madder Lake, a limited edition publication that is a little naughty and scary and propagandises privacy. He will curate PERIPHERIES 2017 at Gorey School of Art.
James is part-time co-ordinator and lecturer for the MPhil module Psychoanalysis and Art at Trinity College Dublin, and he tutors documentary filmmaking and portfolio preparation at Gorey School of Art. He is currently designing a Critical Writing & Thinking through Art course which he will deliver at Gorey School of Art in September 2017.