Merle Luhaäär-Avril is a multi-disciplinary experimental artist who currently lives and works in Estonia. Merle has graduated from Royal College of Art (London, UK) with an MA in Fine Arts in 2019 and prior to that she received her BA in Fine Arts from Kingston University London. Her practice is underpinned by an interest in the relationships between individual and society, micro- and macrocosm and relativity of reality. These themes are explored through a variety of mediums: painting, print, photography, installation and sculpture, textile design, and moving image. Merle has exhibited her works in Dubai, Barcelona, London, Venice, Zurich, and Basel. This summer 2021 she presented a major solo art show Somnum Exterreri (Nightmare) in her hometown Tallinn (Estonia) and launched the first NFT of a physical artwork in Estonia.

Contact details

mobile phone: +372 56871200
email: merle.luhaaar@gmail.com
web page: www.merleluhaaar.com
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/merleluhaaar/

 

Education

Royal College of Art ,London, MA Fine Arts: Print (2017 — 2019)
Estonian Academy of Art, MA Art History and Visual Culture (2015 — 2017)
Estonian Academy of Art, Gallery Curating (2016)
Kingston University London, Fine Arts BA Honours (2014 – 2016)


Professional Work Experience

Visual Artist & Designer   (2013 - present)

Art Writer (2016 — present)

Art Teacher  (2020-2021)


Artistic Practice

16-19 March 2022 

World Art Dubai.

https://worldartdubai.com/exhibitor-details?ExhiId=exhiReg214

December 2021 

Personal Jesus and Last Playboy (paintings) @ Art Nou Millenni Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain. https://www.artnoumillenni.com/art/exhibitions/

 

June-July 2021 

Solo exhibition Somnum Exterreri, ARS Artfactory, Tallinn, Estonia.

https://kultuur.err.ee/1608266235/merle-luhaaar-ma-kogun-popkultuuri-muute-ja-aitan-neid-kaasajas-umber-kirjutada

 

June 2021

Launch of the first NFT of a physical artwork in Estonia. 

https://kultuur.err.ee/1608251823/eesti-kunstimaailm-saab-uue-nft-token-i-formaadis-kunstiteose

https://kultuur.err.ee/1608258597/galerii-eestis-paisati-muuki-nft-token-i-formaadis-kunstiteos

 

October 2020

Leobra/ I AM U (digital art) @ Artbox.Project Barcelona 1.0.

 

September 2020

Pink Balloon & Leobra (digital prints) @ Authentic Marks - 3rd Annual International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition, Dubai Art Season 2020.


August 2019

The Murdered Gucci Bird (mixed media painting)@ Art Box Projects Zürich, Swiss Art Expo 2019.

 

March 2019

Hey Mickey (digital print on acetate) @ Brexhibition, Courtyard Galleries, London.

 

February 2019

The Devil Inside (mixed media installation) @ Eyes Of Many Kinds @ CGP  London.

 

June 2018

Boys Will Be Boys & Love Letter (paintings on canvas) @ International Summer Academy of Fine Arts and Media | Venice. Painting and exhibition with Professor Wolf Werdiger (Vienna). http://sommerakademievenedig.com/en/


January 2018

Superheroes @ Royal College of Art’s WIP Show 2018 (School of Fine Arts & Humanities).


December 2017

Total installation The Number You Have Dialled Has Been Changed, Finnish - Estonian group exhibition NUNTIUS - SUPERSONIC @ARSi Maja, Tallinn, Estonia.


October 2017

Digital artwork NIGHT LIGHT@“SPREAD THE VIRUS" online exhibition, DATEAGLE ART, http://dateagle.art/


July 2017

Video installation Confession, Video and Performance Art Festival FUTU MUHU @EAA Muhu A.I. Residency, https://www.ai-res.org/luhaaar


March 2017

Experimental Video Confession @VIDEOFORMES, http://festival2017.videoformes.com/portfolio/estonian-academy-of-arts/


February 2017 - January 2018

Solo Fine Art Print semi-permanent exhibition Come Down Darling Dusk Is Falling @ Ōlleteek,Tallinn, Estonia.


June 2017

Digital artwork Last Minute Lover (digital art)  @The Artboxproject Basel 1.0 on LED screen at the Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, on the event platform Luminator.
 

 

Art Publications

Kadunud Tüdrukud. Sirp (16.10.2020) https://sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c6-kunst/kadunud-tudrukud/

Magical Hotspot by Darja Popolitova. A review by Merle Luhaäär (14.07.2020) 

https://www.current-obsession.com/magical-hotspot/?fbclid=IwAR0QKmneRJFqWkk9VBTRMLnvmsZsT2TAEB7jFRS-zzFJEs7Knp_7406anJA

 

Henri Hütt: Romantic Loneliness. An exhibition review by Merle Luhaäär (06.10.2017): http://echogonewrong.com/henri-hutt-romantic-loneliness-exhibition-review-merle-luhaaar/

 

Blue Whale Society: A review of Dénes Farkas’ exhibition ‘How-to-calm-yourself-after-seeing-a-dead-body Techniques Echo Gone Wrong (24.05.2017):http://echogonewrong.com/blue-whale-society-denes-farkas/

 

Jalutuskäik galeriides – Troonid on veel tühjad, Sirp (05.05.2017):
http://www.sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c6-kunst/jalutuskaik-galeriides-troonid-on-veel-tuhjad/ 

 

Internetis ei tea keegi, et sa oled koer, Sirp (31.03.2017):
http://sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c6-kunst/internetis-ei-tea-keegi-et-sa-oled-koer/ 

 

Sensations Unwrapped, Echo Gone Wrong (21.11.2016):
http://echogonewrong.com/sensations-unwrapped/ 

 

Chance has its own Logic, Echo Gone Wrong (15.11.2016):
http://echogonewrong.com/chance-has-its-own-logic/ 

 

PSEUDO: Parallel Realities of a Frozen Goldfish, Echo Gone Wrong (18.10.2016):
http://echogonewrong.com/pseudo-parallel-realities-of-a-frozen-goldfish/ 

 

The Guillotine Effect, Echo Gone Wrong: an interview with Tanel Rander (7.09.2016):
http://echogonewrong.com/the-guillotine-effect-an-interview-with-tanel-rander/ 

 

It’s Late Afternoon, Echo Gone Wrong (18.07.2016):
http://echogonewrong.com/its-late-afternoon/