James Austin Murray is a non-objective abstract painter whose methodology is the culmination of muscle-memory and that exact moment when intuition and practice intersect.
It is easy to try and pigeonhole Murray's work as Abstract Expression, Minimalism and/or Opt Art. His work is void of representational content, the work is monochromatic and it fools the eye. His paintings seem to undulate as the viewer visually scans the surface of each piece striving to understand the flat plane before them.
When standing in front of one of Murray's paintings, you can feel its pulse. It is a canvas that was brought to life with a single brush stroke which took twenty-five years to master. The way the natural and incandescent light reflects and refracts off the ivory black paint is mesmerizing. There is a palpable sense of assuredness in the marks he makes which can only be defined by intuition, with a little dash of magic.
James Austin Murray is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, New York, NY (1992). He has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. He is a recipient of the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Award for residency at The Vermont Studio Center, VT and has completed residencies at The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY and Bermis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. Murray’s work is found in public collections such Sofitel (Philadelphia, PA), Hotel Palomar (Philadelphia, PA), Four Seasons Hotel (Washington, D.C.), Omni Hotel (Nashville, TN) and Tom Ford (Designer) among others. Murray lives and works in Piermont, NY.