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About Murray

Baltimore County

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Murray Taylor is a painter who lives in Baltimore County and has kept a studio there for the past 20 years, before that he had studio space at School 33. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Towson University before receiving his BS with honors from Frostburg University. Murray has travelled America, and much of the rest of the world, creating quick paintings of the local color and light that he uses when making large paintings back in his studio. More and more, sky dominates his... more

Baltimore City

These are quick, smaller paintings I've done in and around Baltimore. In these paintings I'm interested in how light hits the architecture, and shadows fall across it - as well as the subtle color shifts that occur.

Skies

These paintings really start to explore sub-scattered light in a conscious way. Part of that exploration was trying new techniques.

Skies

These works are about bringing two colors into play. Sometimes they are only subtlety different from one another, at other times they are nearly complementary. A couple of paintings from this period dealt with the challenge of depicting sub-surface scattered light within a cloud.

Mantras

This current series of paintings are dominated by sky. Many also have oceans, some have landscapes, others are just clouds. Looking up at the sky has always been associated with deep meditative thought, prayer and wonder. There is something about looking out over water at a distant horizon that allows the mind greater freedom. I’m taking memories of imagery that is already thought evoking and using layers of spontaneous paint to allow the viewer to get lost in the painting. I want he viewer to see the trace of my actions, sometimes that can be enough jump start the thinking. The idea is to nudge the viewer into their own thoughts. Sometimes I’m bringing order out of chaos, other times I’m letting the chaos have its moment of beauty - always allowing space for something mystical to shine through. My technique is always evolving as I continue to be fascinated by paint and how far you can push it.

The Gift

This piece was selected for Maryland Art Place's "Window Wonderland". This is another way in which technology that I learned for employment is merging with my life as an artist. I have had the idea of bringing (fake) 3D geometry from a 2D monitor into the (real) 3D world that we live in for a while and this seemed like a prefect fit for it. Our brains like to try to make sense of seemly random bits of information, especially visually. When we can find order in the chaos it’s like a little victory, and it becomes hard to see it as random again. I’m using cut lead glass crystals strung with fishing line to hover at specific locations relative to each other. Then I connected the group to a motor and letting the lights play off the crystals as they slowly spin. I'll be exploring this technique some more in 2014.

  • The Gift

    Cut Lead Glass Crystal, Fishing Line, Plexiglass, 1 RPM Motor
  • The Gift

    Cut Lead Glass Crystal, Fishing Line, Plexiglass, 1 RPM Motor
  • The Gift

    Cut Lead Glass Crystal, Fishing Line, Plexiglass, 1 RPM Motor

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