Originally hailing from New Mexico and now based in Los Angeles, Drew Merritt got his creative start in the urban Graffiti scene. His work blurs a line between street art and rich detail and sensitivity of classical painting. There is often an unfinished quality about his paintings as drips of paint fall off his subjects, laid against white backdrops tagged by spray paint. Usually, his subjects are attractive, but they are not painted out of sexual desire; shown in various states of emotional reflection, they are more like an update on the reclining figures of Renaissance art. Lost in thought or unconscious, they are unaware of their audience’s presence. His paintings evoke the drama, deep colors, and intense light and dark shadows that we find in the works of masters like Velazquez and Caravaggio, represented in his subjects’ clothing.