Biography

I'm interested in the aesthetics of physical laws acting upon the natural world, and in acknowledging some of the underlying frameworks that define our reality. Fluid dynamics, climatological systems, botanical growth, and even human constructs all guide my thinking as their visual records draw attention to our habitat.  

In my recent paintings, peony blossoms were initially meant to be a tool for bridging the garden with disparate cosmological phenomena. I wanted to use such familiar and accessible forms to reflect upon things vastly beyond human proportion. As this work has developed, however, I'm more wary of such references. I think I simply want to fabricate an experience that can transport us to a different place of awareness, one that expresses both space and temporality, and that endures ongoing examination. An experience that we want to live among and return to—a refuge or a guide. Through this effort, I hope to better acknowledge the relative brevity of our time here, and our capacity for wonder.

 

 

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EDUCATION

 

1997    M.F.A., University of New Mexico

1993    B.A., Honors in Art, Wake Forest University

1992    Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts, London   


 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2020    A Mediated Garden, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2019    Blooms, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016    The Universe In All We Touch, WhiteConcepts Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2014    All That Came Before Is Before Us Now, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL   

2013    Unseen Nature, (with Joan Winter) Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA

2012    Nature (a preview), WhiteConcepts Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2011    The Grammar of the Douro, Árvore Cooperativa, Oporto, Portugal

Notes and Observations on Nature, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fluvial; Water Drawings by Greg Murr, Otterbein University, Columbus, OH 

2009    The Usual Politics, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

    Mississippi Paintings, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Awash; cambi fantastici della laguna veneziana, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

2007    Drawing the Water's Edge, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Waterline, James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, ME

2006    Land and Sea, Galleria il Sotoportego, Scuola di Grafica, Venice, Italy

2005    Hudson River Overview, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT

2004    Tropism; New Works on Paper, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

2003    Paintings and Drawings, Perimeter Gallery, New York, NY

2001    Recent Paintings, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2000    Recent Paintings, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999    Tease, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

    Indulgence, Wake Forest University Art Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC 

    Drawings and Prints, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA 

1998    Sense: Recent Paintings from Venice, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

    New Works, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

1997    Metamorphoses, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 

    Drawings about Growth, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

1996     Painting Space, ASA Gallery, Albuquerque, NM


 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2020    Dallas Art Fair, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (also 2019, 2018)

    Palm Springs Art Fair, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2018    Digging Deep, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX

2017    Positions Art Fair,WhiteConcepts Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

    Tamarind Salon, Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Albuquerque, NM

2016    Finissage, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015    Print Love; Celebrating The Print Center at 100, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    Libri d'Artista della Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Associazione Culturale la Roggia, Pordenone, Italy

2014    Red, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

    Flatbed Selections, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX

    Cartographia, (virtual, curated by James Scarborough), Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

    Copyleft, Copyright Berlin Art Projects, Berlin, Germany

    The Space Between, Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE

    Spectral, (two-person exhibition), WhiteConcepts, Berlin, Germany

2013    Line Up; Landschaft im Dialog, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

    Faculty [III] 13, Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC   

2012    Not the Usual Politics, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME

2011    Ist Es Am Rhein So Schön, 68elf Galerie, Cologne, Germany

    Im Zeichen der Abstraktion, Jürgen Bahr, Cologne, Germany

The End of the Dream (Comes Too Soon), MicaMoca, Berlin, Germany

    Matter of Representation, The Works, Newark, OH

2010    20 years of printmaking at Flatbed Press, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

        (travels to University of Arkansas, Little Rock; Baylor University, Waco)

Bestiary, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

    Cities in Flux, WhiteConcepts, Berlin, Germany

    Gesture (inclusive), Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    Abstraction, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009    Space Matrix I; Invention of Spaces, WhiteConcepts, Berlin, Germany

    Internal Compasses, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH

    Americana, The Front, New Orleans, LA

    Black – White, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA

2008    Visions: Contemporary Drawings from the Dyke Collection, Arkansas Art Center, 

        Little Rock, AR (travels to Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL) (catalogue)

    Change the Position; Jan Bauer & Greg Murr, artMbassy Galerie, Berlin, Germany

    Preview: Berlin Art Fair, artMbassy Galerie, Berlin, Germany

    Pressing Matters, Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

    Pulp Friction; Deloney Newkirk Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007    Sanbao International Printmaking Exhibition, Sanbao Art Institute at Jingdezhen, China

        (travels to Shanghai University College of Fine Art; China Academy of Fine Art, Hanzhou)

2006    Hot Picks/06, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

    Fresh Ink; Flatbed Editions, Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery, Austin, TX

    Greg Murr, Linda Plotkin, Paul Rinaldi, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Premio Leonardo Sciascia, Museo dell'Agro Veientano, Formello (Rome), Italy

             (travels to Florence, Venice, Milan through 2007)

2005        Prints into Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

                Fresh Ink: Prints from Flatbed Press, Salt Lake Arts Center, Salt lake City, UT

                Unseen Forces; Greg Murr and Lana Bernberg, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

                Views from Venice; Collection of the Scuola di Grafica, Center for Book Arts, NY, NY   

                Inaugural Exhibition, JET Artworks, Washington, D.C. 

2004    Printed Matter, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT

    21 Artistas / 30 Graficas: Texas, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

    Chaos/Control, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Franklin Evans, Greg Murr, Ruby Palmer, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT

    Recent Paintings of Gallery Artists, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Flatbed Press: Texas Grit, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, TX

2003    Hot Plates; Contemporary Prints from Flatbed Press, 416West Gallery, Denison, TX

    The Affordable Art Fair, Perimeter Gallery, Pier 92, New York, NY

    Sensory Experience, Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE; DeWaters Art Center, Flint, MI

    ArtChicago, Perimeter Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

    New Prints, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Intimate Abstraction, AVC Contemporary Art, New York, NY

2002    Monochrome: Arisa Boit and Greg Murr, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT

    Smaller Than a Breadbox, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT

2001    Summer Drawings, Perimeter Gallery, New York, NY

    Contemporary Drawings, Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ   

    Works on Paper; Collection of J. Henry; Rauch Gallery, Gaston College, Charlotte, NC

    Works on Paper; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

    Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

2000    Flatbed at Eleven, McKinney Avenue Contemporary Art Center, Dallas, TX

    Contemporary New Mexico; Angele Mason, Munson Hunt, Greg Murr, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX

    Fair and Square, Governor's Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999    Introductions, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

    The Presence of Absence, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

    Printmaking Invitational Exhibition, Ashland University, Ashland, OH

1998    The City Series: Taos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe; Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA (catalogue)

    5th Biennial of Graphic Art, Beograd, Belgrade, Serbia

    Second International Triennial Print Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria

    Libro Quore Lirico; (Collected Artist's Books), Fonticus Gallery, Grisignana, Croatia

    Students and Faculty of the Scuola di Grafica, Church of San Stae, Venice, Italy

1997    Small Paintings, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

    Small Works, Lucy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM


 

RESIDENCIES & GRANTS

 

2013     Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award

2007    Visiting Artist, Flatbed Press, Austin TX (also 2000)

2004    Visiting Artist, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM

2003    Residency, Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME 

    Residency, Morris Graves Foundation, Loleta, CA

2001    Residency, MacDowell Colony, (Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow,) Peterborough, NH

1997    Fellowship, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, (teaching appointment,) Venice Italy


 

COLLECTIONS

 

Whitney Museum of American Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Davis Museum, Wellesley College

Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe

Árvore Cooperativa

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

University of New Mexico Art Museum

U.S. Embassy, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Sheldon Museum of Art

The Progressive Art Collection

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica

Wake Forest University


 

GUEST LECTURES

 

University of Iowa, Iowa City   

Kansas City Art Institute

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Ohio State University

Otterbein University

Wake Forest University

University of Wisconsin, Madison


 

REVIEWS

 

Abatemarco, Michael. Nature Unfolding: The Paintings of Greg Murr, Santa Fe New Mexican, Jan 31, 2020

Rae, Haniya. Love, Luck, or Lust: A Group Show Tackles Red's Shades of Meaning, Artsy, January 2015

Caldwell, Ellen. Interview with Greg Murr, New American Paintings blog, NAP Issue 101. October 1, 2012

Leslie Newell Peacock. 20 Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press, The Arkansas Times, September 17, 2011

Laraia, Catherine. Dogs, pearls, high-heels and ornate mirrors, The Examiner, Chicago, July 25, 2011

Faber, Mendelowitz. A Guide to Drawing, Eighth Ed., 2011, pgs. 107-109, 120-121, 295-296

Yates, Christopher. Layered works test material pairings, The Columbus Dispatch, January 16, 2011 

Taylor, Jonathan. Greg Murr, Mississippi Paintings, Chicago Art Review, July 23, 2009

Veleanu, Ioana. Artist Profile: Greg Murr, ExBerliner, Issue no. 55, November 2007

Artner, Alan. Murr finds inspiration in the everyday, The Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2007

Poroznuk, Amber. Cartographies: Mapping the Metaphorical, whitehotmagazine, Berlin, July 2007

Mendelowitz, Faber, Wakeham. A Guide to Drawing, Seventh Ed., 2006

Consentino, Nicoletta. Le forme astratte di Greg Murr, La Nuova di Venezia, November 27, 2004

Mendelowitz, Wakeham, Faber. A Guide to Drawing, Sixth Ed., 2003, pgs. 333-4, 357

Addison, Laura. Greg Murr, Turner Carroll Gallery, THE Magazine  October 2001

Indyke, Dottie. Greg Murr; Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, ARTnews  October 2000 

Adlmann, Jan. Greg Murr; Turner Carroll Gallery, THE Magazine  October 2000

Weideman, Paul. Murr's paintings turn new leaves, The New Mexican, Santa Fe  August 4-10, 2000

Rosenholtz, Ellen. Tell-Tale Imagery, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia, PA December 8, 1999

Sozanski, Ed. Sealed, spilled, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA December 3, 1999

Martino, Enzo di. Mostre d’ Arte; Murr, Scuola di Grafica, Il Gazzettino, Venice, IT  July 26, 1998

Armitage, Diane. Drawings about Growth, THE Magazine, Santa Fe, NM  July 1997

Greg Murr is a visual artist concentrating in drawing, painting and print media. He makes pictures with a consideration for the natural world, and in particular, phenomena that challenge our perceptions and understanding of it. His work has appeared in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austin Museum of Art and the Arkansas Art Center. He has served as a visiting artist and instructor at Wake Forest University and at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy, and has been a Resident Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation and the Morris Graves Foundation. His work is in permanent collections that include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Sheldon Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Tamarind Institute and Flatbed Press have published editions of his work. Murr received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico (1997) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University (1993).

 

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