Artists | John Murray

2016
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa

2015
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul

2014
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere

2013
Ashraf Moneim
Awaad Issa
Lara Bourdin
Zanele Muholi
Louis Boshoff
Ruan Hoffmann
Krishna Luchoomun
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers

2012
Koyo Kouoh
Michele Tabor
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede

2011
Hasan and Husain Essop
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Leo Lefort

2010
Akintunde Akinleye
Akirash
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye

2009
Adriaan de Villiers
Hadia Gana
Zanele Muholi

2007
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan

2006
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita

2005
Rehab El Sadek

2003
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpé

2002
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Darryl Accone
Nawaal Deane
Henk Rossouw
Rafs Mayet
Louis Mhlanga

2001
Krishna Luchoomun

2000
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl

1999
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer

1998
Mustafa Maluka

1997
Shepard Mtyshelwa
Liza du Plessis
Allina Ndebele
Greg Streak
Dominic Tshabangu

1996
Stephen Maqashela

1995
Ina van zyl
Progress Matubako

1993
Tito Zungu
Noria Mbabasa
Helen Sebidi
Sue Williamson
David Koloane
Andries Botha
Pat Mautloa

1992
Sandra Kriel
Clifford Charles
Dianse Paulse
Sarah Tabane

South Africa
John Murray
John Murray

John Murray ‘Ultimately, I want to create some degree of tension between the artwork and its interpreter, a space that should be filled with questions rather than answers.’

John’s work is a play between different images and themes, often referring to the cultural, economical and emotional distinctions that exist in South African society. He works with a wide range of iconography that is seldom coherent in meaning or association. Murray views his work as a way of exploring themes such as ambiguity and contradiction, which are mainly inspired by his social environment, but are also investigated in the formal aspects of painting and drawing.
The portrait forms a big part of Murray’s work. His way of painting is a process of scraping and layering, often causing the image to get quite dark in tone. Murray has become quite interested in how this process can lead to ambiguity in terms of interpreting the identity of the portrait, but also how the use of colour in painting can somehow reflect the sensitivities surrounding colour in his society.
John Murray finished his BA (FA) at the University of Stellenbosch in 1996. He has since had four solo exhibitions and has participated in various group exhibitions. He also works as an illustrator and has contributed to Bitterkomix and I-Jusi magazine. He lives with his wife, Annebelle, in Sea-Point, Cape Town. John Murray (1973) was a guest of the Thami Mnyele Foundation during the Summer of 2003.

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John Murray

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