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— Biography of Jan Murray

Jan Murray is an Australian artist who lives and works in Melbourne.  Her painting practice is studio based and essentially concerned with trompe l'oeil painting, though she has worked on paper and in sculpture throughout her 40 year career.  Through her highly intricate and technically precise paintings, usually exhibited as installations, Murray explores the nature of the painting itself and of its surroundings.  She tests - and tricks - the viewer in the way they see and interpret the work, often by creating relationships with the interior architecture of the viewing space.  

Murray completed postgraduate qualifications at RMIT University and the VCA, where she was Head of Art until 2018.  Since 1981 she has shown regularly in both solo and group exhibitions in public museums, commercial galleries and artist run initiatives. Her work has been included in national and international surveys of contemporary art in Australia, Germany, France, Italy and the USA, and is widely represented in significant Australian public collections as well as the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She has received an Australia Council Project Grant and her Australia Council Residencies include Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Via Farini, Milan the British School at Rome. Recent residencies include Phasmid Studios, Berlin in 2016-17.

Read Sean Lowry's exhibition essay for Murray's exhibition Unseen at Blindside in 2018.

Jan Murray CV


Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.