American James Austin Murray’s paintings are made using the most basic of means: ivory black oil paint, a canvas with wood-panel support and wallpaper brushes—up to nine affixed to a long handle. But the paintings surface effects are far from simple, and indeed offer an almost otherworldly experience, as the architecture of the brushstrokes take the eye on a roller-coaster journey into pleats and folds, over light-struck hillocks and into shadowy crooks and bends. Depending on where you stand, the paintings appear like a landscape one could walk right into. It is a visual encounter that is both inviting and profoundly seductive.

James Austin Murray is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, New York, NY (1992). Murray opened and managed the Hartnett-Murray Gallery and The Markham-Murray Gallery in Tribeca, New York in the early eighties. His works has been exhibited throughout the US 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 numerous private and public collections such Weisman Collection (Los Angeles, CA), Sofitel (Philadelphia, PA), Hotel Palomar (Philadelphia, PA), Four Seasons Hotel (Washington, D.C.), Omni Hotel (Nashville, TN) and Tom Ford (Designer). Murray’s studio is located in Piermont, NY outside of New York City.


2020 Fusing Time , Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2019 Curved Lines , with Benoit Lemercier, Opera Gallery, Monaco
In Tandem , with Mark Zimmermann, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Black Desert, with Mareo Rodrigues, Madison Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
2018 Future Proof , Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Distant Stars , Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Convergent Evolution , REDSEA Gallery, Singapore
2017 Light on Black , Madison Gallery, San Diego, CA
2016 Super Massive Black Hole , Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Asia Contemporary Art Show , Hong Kong, China
2014 Mystery of Light , Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY -Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong, China
2013 Ides of March , Narthex Gallery at St. Peters, New York, NY
2007 Tree’s Whisper , Dam-Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Over-On , Dam-Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Visiting Artist, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
2001 On and Off White , L.I.C.K. Ltd, Fine Art, Long Island City, NYRead More...


2019 It’s All Black and White , Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Frederick R.
Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University
New York Centric , Curated by James Little, The Art Student’s League, New York, NY
A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction , PAC Gallery, Bergen County, NJ
2018 Chromotopia , A history of colour, Tacit Contemporary, Victoria, Australia
2017 No Vacancy , a three person exhibition, Gilman Contemporary, Sun Valley, ID
2016 Walking Slow , Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Fourthought (four person show), Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Lost Cat , Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY -Unlimited Potential, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Pulse New York with Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Art Miami, Lyons Wier Gallery, Miami FL -Downtown Art Fair, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
MIA in MIA , Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Aqua Art Miami, Lyons Wier Gallery, NY , New York Design Center via Alisa Contemporary, New York, NY
2012 Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY
2011 Dia:Beacon Staff Exhibition, Marion Royael Gallery, Beacon, NY
2008 American Lifescape, DBA256, Pomona, CA
NYU Small works show, 80 WSE, New York, NY
Panorama Project 3, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY 2006
Scope Miami, Dam-Stuhltrager, Miami, FL
2005 Scope Miami, Dam-Stuhltrager, Miami, FL
New Artist Show, Bettcher Gallery, Miami, FL
Le Papier, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Group Show, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA -Scope NY, Lyons-Wier Gallery, New York, NY
2002 The Panorama Project, The Front Room Brooklyn, NY)
2001 The Exquisite Day Project, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Flowers and Configurations, Angel International Art, EastHampton, NY
1999 Sex Death and Religion, Gershwin Hotel Gallery, New York, NY
Size Matters, Gale Gates et al. Brooklyn, NY 1996 Places People, 313 Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Human Condition, 313 Gallery,, New York, NY


Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Award for residency at VSC
Residency at The Vermont Studio Center
Artist in Residence at The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild


Sofitel, Philadelphia,
Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia,
Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C. Omni Hotel, Nashville,
Tom Ford, New York, Miami, Macau


April 2019, Future Black, Luxe Interiors Magazine
February 2019, Interview, Artists Voice Podcast
October 2018, Voyage ATL, Art and Life with James Austin Murray
April 2018, Wall Street International, James Austin Murray
January 2018, Vasari 21, Under the Radar, James Austin Murray
August 2017, 6 Exhibits to see this fall, San Diego Magazine
August 2015, The Culture Trip
April 2014, Arte Fuse: Picture This, United in Black done by James Austin Murray April 2013, Hump Day Hot
Seat: James Austin Murray
May 2013, Painters-Table.com
April 2013, Studio Critical interview March and
April 2013, Artorbiter.com
February and April 2012, Artorbiter.com April 2006, Artinfo.com, Miami Gallery Roundup
September 2005, New York Daily News, featured artist “Open Studios”
February 2004, Artnet, Dateline Brooklyn
November 2001, The Tribeca Trib, Tribeca Personal
September 2001, ABC Evening News, Interview and discussion of exhibition September
2001, New York Post, Page Six mention of opening that evening
November 2000, Bloomberg Business News, Interview: “Silent Auction Fundraiser for The Burn Center
Summer 2000, Arts4all.com, “Murray headed east, an American in Kosice”
June 2000, The Tribeca Trib, “Out of the Flames” review by Jeanne C. Wilkinson
May 2000, New York Contemporary Art Report, review of “Hello Goodbye”
March 2000, NY1, Television interview and review of Paint Club project
February 2000, Makta Opas (Finish culture magazine), NY artist as curator
November 21, 1999, New York Times, Interview as artist, dealer and FDNY firefighter

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