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  • Claremorris Gallery is pleased to present the colour of distance, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Bernadette Kiely. The exhibition will open…

John Philip Murray

The works in this exhibition cover a seemingly disparate group of subjects, made over a period of years, all linked to an inward search for an understanding of the world.  The artist describes this as: Trying to explain the world to himself.

Murray is driven by the need to examine humanity and hold a belief in people, despite our obvious failings as a species.  Inside himself he see a mirror image of what is outside him; the same hopes, aspirations and disasters of other people.

“For me, the purpose of drawing or painting is to order my thoughts, rather than simply to paint things as I see them.

As often as not, my starting point for a picture, or a series of pictures, will come from literature, poetry, music, history, mythology, etc.

I spend considerably longer in thinking, rather than making.  The older I get, the more I find that I have become committed, unconsciously, to working ever more slowly.  The urgency “to produce” being tempered by the knowledge that what I make will have to find its own way in the world and ought to be the best that I can make it…….and yet, the work is like some stubborn, disobedient child…..destined to be misunderstood!”


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