[36] Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray takes domesticated objects and turns them into compilations of simplified shapes and forms. These compositions are wonderfully goofy, vibrant and completely out of this world. I am using her as a reference because of her use of colour and shape, the colour is complimentary and bold. The shapes are unnatural and flamboyant. I really enjoy unpicking the paintings, they are exciting and celebrate ‘ordinary’ objects showing them in a new light. They seem to jump out from the wall and I imagine this is due to the shape of the boards and canvases themselves.

I have included screen shots of a video taken from this site (https://art21.org/watch/exclusive/elizabeth-murray-bop-short/) it highlights the frustrations in which the artist finds whilst she is painting her speciality cut to shape boards. I found it really interesting to see how the artist deals with these frustrations and the how the end piece turned out.

http://www.pacegallery.com/artists/318/elizabeth-murray

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Elizabeth Murray “New World” (2006)

These paintings are resplendent and even though the colours are bold and blocky her use of mark making can give a sense of movement as if the shapes are wobbly which adds personality to the painting itself.

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Elizabeth Murray “So Long Maryanne” (2002-04)
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lilypadx

18 years old, first year fine art student in Cardiff :)

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