Agnes Murray

Peterhead #1, 2008
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 11” x 13”, from an Edition of 20, $200

Peterhead #2, 2008
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 11” x 13”, from an Edition of 20, $200

Peterhead #3, 2008
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 11” x 13”, from an Edition of 20, $200

Peterhead #4, 2008
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 11” x 13”, from an Edition of 20, $200

Set of 4 prints with hand bound portfolio, $800

Statement

Two-dimensional representational imagery in my work explores the interplay between surface and illusion of space. As a student I was first attracted to printmaking by its relationship to direct hand drawn images and to the unique intensity of ink on paper. Later, I introduced photo-derived imagery into my work, in oils, watercolors and printmaking, the images hand drawn from photographic sources. My first use of photo-derived imagery was a series of autobiographical works from family snapshots, exploring the underlying intention (conscious or not) to document life events and rituals as reinforcement of sanctioned identity-forming processes. This use of image sequencing along with the use of “found” photographs, led to a study of photographic form per se. A series of large-scale drawings and lithographs, based on my photos from Assisi, explored vernacular structures, the interconnectedness of public spaces, and the borderline between public and private, which I have continued to visually explore in places of personal and emotional association, including a series of images of houses and public spaces in Peterhead, my husband’s home in Northeast Scotland. The nearby Slains Castle, Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula’s castle, inspired my artist’s book, Letters of 1986, the second in an ongoing series of artists’ books published by Vincent FitzGerald & Co., pairing visual artists with translations of the Sufi poet Rumi by the Persian scholar, Zahra Partovi. After more than 20 years I have returned to images of Slains Castle in my most recent artist’s book.

Biography

Agnes Murray was born in Washington, D.C. From an early age she was inspired by regular visits to the National Gallery of Art to follow a life in art, and graduated with High Honors from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in studio art and a minor in art history. After graduating she spent six months traveling in Europe and then moved to the San Francisco Bay Are. She lived in California for six years and in 1980 received her M.F.A. in printmaking from the California College of the Arts, Oakland. After graduate school she lived for two years in Southampton, England where she met her husband, Graham Walker. During her time in Europe she traveled extensively, developing ideas and images for her work in painting, drawing and printmaking and has continued to find inspiration on subsequent trips to her husband’s native Scotland. She has lived with her husband and three children in New York since returning to the United States twenty-six years ago.

The artist’s lithographs, monotypes, artist’s books, intaglios, drawings, photographs, watercolors and oil paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo exhibits include Southampton Civic Centre Art Gallery, Southampton, England; Frederic Remington Art Museum; and the Roland Gibson Gallery, Potsdam State College (SUNY). Her work has been included in numerous curated exhibitions including Goloborotko’s Studio: 20 Anos, Galeria Gravura Brasileira, São Paulo, 2009; The Big Print Show, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, 2007; and international exchange exhibits in both cities, New York/Paris – Dialogue – Paris/New York, 2005. Her work has also been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and awards. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bronx Recognizes is Own (BRIO) artist fellowship. Her work is included in the collections of Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Brooklyn Museum; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; Columbia University; Harvard University; and Rochester Institute of Technology among many other public and private collections. In addition to an exhibition record spanning thirty years, the artist is an experienced master printer in lithography, arts administrator, and art professor.

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