Murray Taylor has traveled extensively since his youth, making paintings of the light from Hawaii to Nepal to France to Costa Rica, and many places in between.
His use of color and brushstroke combine to make paintings that glow. His paintings made on location are the result of carefully observing the light for two hours or more. That time becomes embedded in his memory and the resulting painting is a trigger to that memory.
When he is back in his studio in Maryland, he makes large paintings loosely based on those memories. Murray works in layers of brushstrokes, smears and drips, pushing oil paint and bee’s wax from thin to thick, opaque to transparent.
He has the good fortune of having collectors who offer vacation homes in exchange for paintings that can only come from time spent at the location, getting to know the light. “Sometimes I am bringing order out of chaos, other times I am letting chaos have its moment of beauty, always allowing space for something mystical to shine through. My technique is always evolving.”
Murray has had several solo exhibitions in Maryland and Delaware, and has been in group shows from Chicago to New York to Washington, D.C. He has won several awards including best in show and first place.
He graduated with honors in Fine Art from Frostburg State University and has completed additional coursework at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University and the University of California Santa Barbara.
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Art goes on sale at 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017.
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