Mervyn Diese is a London born artist working with photography, film, painting and performance. His work reflects his passionate interest in politics and social issues such as homelessness, racism and betterment of the ‘lower classes’. His involvement with countercultural activities extends back to the 1980`s, when he combined a career as a commercial artist with a passionate engagement with the punk rock scene and the squatting movement.
His latest project is the self-publication of a song book containing a selection of of his politically-themed compositions, in a limited edition of 23 hand bound copies, which will be available at the event. During the evening Mervyn will perform all the songs from the book. Be warned.
He has curated a number of exhibitions at Hundred Years Gallery which have included local artists from the borough and long standing east end practitioners. Today he is returning to his art practice whilst recovering from a brain injury. He has now found the time to develop new ways of expressing himself, conveying his views on current issues connecting to the gentrification of the east end.