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John Murray was born in 1973 and obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, where he subsequently worked as a part-time lecturer in Screenprinting. During the following five years he has worked as a freelance illustrator. He began taking part in group exhibitions in 1996, including “Portraits” (The Planet Site 1996), “Bad Books” (Arts Association Bellville 1997) “Drom”(KKNK 1997), “Unplugged 3″ (Market Theatre Gallery 1998), “Canvas” (Bellville 1999), “Absolut Secret” (AVA 2000), “Container” (Rust-en-Vrede 2000), “Waver” (KKNK 2001) and various Stellenbosch University Student and Staff exhibitions. He held his second solo exhibition at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in 2001. He has also exhibited in group exhibitions in Marbella and in London. John Murray’s charcoal drawings combine a diverse series of iconography, fusing reality with the imaginary, personal with public. His work creates a merry mix of notions surrounding visual overload, melancholy, violence, ambiguity, religion and more.
Education: BA (FA), 1996, University of Stellenbosch Selected Exhibitions and Work: 2012 ‘Tjorts!/Cheers!’ Curated by Marna Hattingh and Liza Grobler. A conversation between acclaimed and award-winning poet Danie Marais and participating visual artists Marna Hattingh, Tina Jensen, Marlise Keith, John Murray and Liza Grobler. Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2011 Ik ben een Afrikander Reviewing the heritage and onus of the Afrikaner Group Exhibition with Francki Burger, Hannelie Coetzee, Johann du Plessis, Pauline Gutter, Clare Menck, John Murray, Mea Ox, Henk Serfontein, Cobus van Bosch, Réney Warrington Artspace, Johannesburg Contemporary South African Painters – Group Exhibition Simon Stone, Kate Gottgens, John Murray & Giovanna Biallo Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town 2010 99c, Drawing group exhibitions at Platform on 18th, Pretoria Rose Korber Art Salon, Cape Town. 2006 – 2008 Teaching drawing at the University of Stellenbosch for the Visual Communication and Design course and Postgraduate Mphil Illustration course 2005 Art @ Work: A decade and more of the Sasol art collection, Oudtshoorn Arts Festival, Africa for Africans, Solo Exhibition, Michael Stevenson South African Art 1840-Now, Group Exhibition, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town 2004 South African Art 1850-Now, Group Exhibition, Michael Stevenson Rose Korber Art Salon at the Bay, The Bay Hotel, Cape Town 40 years: Artists and designers from the University of Stellenbosch, Salsol Art Museum, Stellenbosch Uniformed, Solo Exhibition, Michael Stevenson Identity, Group Exhibition of South African Art, Scheveningen, Fortis Circus Theatre, Holland 2003 Teken, Group Exhibition, Art on Paper, Johannesburg Rose Korber Art Salon at the Bay, The Bay Hotel, Cape Town Contact Zones, Group Exhibition, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town 2002 Black & White, Solo Exhibition, AVA, Cape Town Absa l’Atelier competition finals, Johannesburg Meanwhile…., Solo Exhibition, Art. B, Bellville Rose Korber Art Salon at the Bay, The Bay Hotel, Cape Town Group exhibition, Millennium Gallery, Pretoria White Horse Group Exhibition, Oudtshoorn Arts Festival 2001 Undercover, Solo Exhibition, Bell-Roberts, Cape Town Waver Group Exhibition, Oudtshoorn Arts Festival Group Exhibition of South African work, Mac 21 Art Fair, Marbella, Spain Exhibition of miniature paintings, Art Association of Bellville Studio Exhibition 2000 Solo exhibition, AVA, Cape Town Absolute: Colour Group Exhibition, AVA Plastic Bag Awareness Campaign, Collaborative Installation, Kirstenbosch Exhibited and co-curated Emergency Group Exhibition, Bell-Roberts Container, Rust-en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville 1999 Canvas, Arts Association of Bellville, Cape Town 1998 Kunsdinge, US Gallery, Stellenbosch US Staff Exhibition, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town Unplugged 3, Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg Residencies 2003 • Thami Mnyele Residency, Amsterdam 2002 • Triangle International Workshop, New York • Thupelo Artists’ Workshop, Cape Town Collections • UCT Collection • Sasol Collection • Hollard Collection and Spier Collection • Nando’s Collection