Wil Murray

Murray’s practice explores journeys as transformative mechanisms: how does meaning change as something moves from one point to another? Using a hybrid of photography and painting to highlight the role of an object, he investigates relationships between time and substance. Murray subjects his objects to processes beyond their initial intended purpose. They become a form in space, photographed and modified, and perhaps combined with cutouts and fabric swatches.

In his recent series including  ‘Adieu Vielle Europe’ and ‘Maustlize’ found images of landscapes and interiors are retraced through paint. Further new collage works lay roots in earlier paintings, which the artist redevelops through a series of time-rich processes. In his ‘Collaged Drape’ series, work is repainted and partially obscured with fabric drapes before being photographed in black and white. Murray then recolours the single and multiple exposure prints with photo-oil paint.

“When I need one paint stroke, I make twenty of them on a piece of glass, to be peeled up and applied later. When I need photos, I shoot and print a whole roll of 36 exposures. When I want figures and textures from old magazines I spend a day processing them, cutting out hundreds of possible images. Even labour-intensive weaving is done longer than needed.” Wil Murray.

 

Wil Murray (b.1978, Calgary, Canada) studied painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘NOT A PHOTO’, The Hole, New York City, USA (2015); ‘The Enemies of the Novel’, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver (2015); ‘On Invasive Species and Infidelity’, The Art Gallery of Alberta, CA (2015); ‘Please Boss Remember Me’, VITRINE, London (2014); ‘Die Welt In Farben’ P|M Gallery, Toronto (2014); ‘Painted Shut’, VITRINE, London (2013); ‘Maintain The Ruin’, P|M Gallery, Toronto (2012); ‘Modulations’, Library Cote-St.Luc, Montreal (2012); and ‘Last Summer I Build A 1:8 Scale Model of Your Vagina’, Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin (2011). His group shows include: ‘Sought’ at Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Calgary, CA; VITRINE with Contemporary Arts Society, ‘Art in the Home 2’, York (2014); ‘The Painting Project’, GALERIE DE L’UQAM in Montreal, CA (2013); ‘The Combinational’, Studio 1.1, London (2014); ‘Made in Alberta Part IV’, The Art Gallery of Calgary, CA (2013); XSTRACTION, The Hole, New York, USA (2013) and ‘Broadcast, Funkhaus Nalepastrasse, Berline, DE (2012).

He received an honourable mention in the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition and his work was also featured in the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s 2008 exhibition for national top-painters ‘Carte Blanche Vol. 2’. His work was included in the Alberta Biennale in 2015 and solo booth in ‘Dialogues’ a curated section of Art Projects at London Art Fair (2015). He has shown with p|m Gallery at Papier Art Fair (2013); Art MRKT Fair (2013) and Art Toronto (2013/2015) and by VITRINE at The Manchester Contemporary (2013). Murray has also played in several notoriously loud and short-spoken experimental bands. Wil Murray has recently been included in the group exhibition ‘A Journey from a sweeping gesture to a lasting effect’, at VITRINE, Basel.

Wil Murray, Die Welt In Farben, 2014, 41 Hand-Coloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Mounted to Original Card Stock From Johannes Emmer’s 1910 book Die Welt In Farben. Installation View. Image by MN Hutchinson.

Wil Murray, Installation View, 'Please Boss Remember Me' at VITRINE Bermondsey Street

Wil Murray, Installation View, 'Please Boss Remember Me' at VITRINE Bermondsey Street

Wil Murray, Painted Shut, Dialogues solo booth, London Art fair Installation view, 2015

Wil Murray, Painted Shut, Installation view, 2013.

Installation view, An evanescent fix, 2015. (Group exhibition).

Wil Murray, Pieces O' Six 4, 2016, Acrylic Paint, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Masonite, Wood, Masking Tape, 102 x 100 x 8 cm.

Wil Murray, Pieces O' Six 4, 2016, Acrylic Paint, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Masonite, Wood, Masking Tape, 102 x 100 x 8 cm.

Wil Murray, Maustlize 1, 2015, hand-coloured gelatin silver print and wood on board.

Wil Murray, Maustlize 1, hand-coloured gelatin silver print and wood on board, 2015

Wil Murray, Maustlize 2, 2015, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Wood, Masonite, 25.4 x 40.64 x 7.62 cm. Image by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Wil Murray, Maustlize 2, 2015, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Wood, Masonite, 25.4 x 40.64 x 7.62 cm. Image by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Wil Murray, 2015, Maustlize 3, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Print, Acrylic Paint, Masonite and Wood.

Wil Murray, Pieces O’ Six 1, 2015, Acrylic Paint, Hand Couloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Wood, Masonite, 76.2 x 101.6 x 10.16 cm. Image by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Wil Murray, Pieces O' Six 2, 2015, Acrylic Paint, Hand Couloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Wood, Masonite, 99 x 76 x 10 cm.

Wil Murray, Pieces O' Six 2, 2015, Acrylic paint, Hand Couloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Wood, Masonite, 99 x 76 x 10 cm.

Wil Murray, Pieces O' Six 3, 2015, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Print, Acrylic Paint, Masonite and Wood, 83.82 x 109.22 x 10.16 cm.

Wil Murray, Corsaydoo Corsaydoo, 2015, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Wood, Masonite. Image by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Wil Murray, Corsaydoo Corsaydoo, 2015, Hand Coloured Silver Gelatin Prints, Wood, Masonite. Image by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Wil Murray, Rotten Row 3, 2015, Collaged Inkjet Prints, 20.32 x 15.24 cm.

Wil Murray, Employee Of The Month: February, 2014, Oil on Silver Gelatin Print on MDF frame, 45.72 x 55.88 cm.

Wil Murray, Adieu Vielle Europe 2, 2013, Collage and acrylic paint, 27.94 x 33.02 cm (Unframed).

Wil Murray, Adieu Vielle Europe 3, 2013, Collage and acrylic paint, 27.94 x 33.02 cm (Unframed).

Wil Murray, Die Welt in Farben. Tafel 02. Junge Frau aus Anticoli, 2014, Ilford Art 300 fibre based silver gelatine print, hand-tinted with Marshalls photo oils, 35.56 x 27.94 cm (reversed for vertical orientation).

Wil Murray, Die Welt in Farben. Tafel 04. Salzburg, 2014, Ilford Art 300 fibre based silver gelatine print, hand-tinted with Marshalls photo oils.

Wil Murray, Die Welt in Farben. Tafel 05. Aus Grindelwald, 2014

Wil Murray, Die Welt in Farben. Tafel 01. Das griechische Theatre bei Taormina, 2014

Wil Murray, Die Welt in Farben. Tafel 03. Spiez am Thuner See, 2014

Die Welt In Farben, LIMITED EDITION BOOK, 2013

Wil Murray, Not not trite quotes not not empty politics not not evangelism: it's just not not not the hot and cold running death not not the vanity of the morning's casual mourners. Acrylic, Photo on Board, 2012

Wil Murray, Adieu Vielle Europe Triptych, 2013

Wil Murray, Why Are You Looking Up Here The Yoke Is In Your Hand, 2013

Wil Murray, 'Adieu Vielle Europe 7' and 'Adieu Vielle Europe 6', 2013

Wil Murray, Our Garrulous Enemies 5, 2014

Wil Murray, Our Garrulous Enemies 1, 2010

Wil Murray, Our Garrulous Enemies 2, 2010

Wil Murray, Painted Shut, Mixed media Installation, 2013.

Collaged Drape 5, 2012

Collaged Drape 7, 2012

Collaged Drape 8, 2012

Wil Murray, Page 96 She's No Girl, 2011

Collaged Drape 9, 2012

Wil Murray, Page 672 She's No Girl, 2011

Wil Murray, Untitled (Drape 1), 2012

Wil Murray, Page 195 Girl, 2011

Wil Murray, Untitled (Drape 2), 2012

Wil Murray, Please Be Advised: All Items Left Unclaimed After July 3rd 2013 Will Be Destroyed, 2012

Wil Murray, The Yard, 2011

Other Guys, 2011

She Broadcasts Love, 2010

Wil Murray, Page 108 Girl, 2011

Wil Murray, Page 109 She's No Girl, 2011

Call me anything, 2010

Wil Murray, Page 197 She's No Girl, 2011

Head full of pidgin white, 2010

If you lived freed or died here, 2010

Sam Porritt, Through the Motions, Rite of Passage, 2010, Brush and ink on paper, (in 8 parts), 42 x 59.4 cm

Sam Porritt, Through the Motions, Rite of Passage, 2010, Brush and ink on paper, (in 8 parts), 42 x 59 cm