- Artist profile
- Artist's Statement
Marilyn’s artistic journey commenced when she was a child helping her busy mum make most of the clothes for their large family. She has always dabbled in the fabric arts including teaching patchwork and quilting for 10 years. She was one of the first tutors at the newly formed Strathfield Evening College at Strathfield in Sydney and at Mayes Cottage at Woodridge in Queensland and also taught privately from her own home. She achieved a 2nd prize at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney for her very first quilt.
The journey from quilting to 2 dimensional art came about after some personal and health issues caused her life to do a “U turn”. In 2005, when on the road to recovery, she sought a more fulfilling outlet for her creative side and undertook a course called “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” at the Relaxation Centre in Brisbane. Prior to the course, Marilyn was totally unaware that she had any drawing ability at all. When she discovered that not only could she draw more than a stick figure but that she was achieving very passable drawings, she drew anything and everything for months until she wanted to add some colour to her drawings.
She then enrolled in a 6 week course in pastels at the Trevor Platt Gallery in Wynnum in Brisbane. She subsequently fell in love with this amazing medium. She was awarded “Best of Show” for her painting “Anyone for Dressing” in her first student exhibition just months after she first picked up a pastel.
One of her first pastels “After the Rain – Long Waterhole Winton” was accepted for inclusion and subsequently sold at the “Spirit of the Outback” Competition held at the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton.
After moving to Childers in 2007, she became more serious about her art and joined the Childers Visual Arts Group and the Pastel Society of Australia. She has entered many exhibitions and has won many awards in her local area, including 8 highly commended awards from Bundaberg Arts Festival over 5 years. Her work has also received awards from the Maryborough Art Society, The Moore Park Beach Arts Festival and the Isis District PA&I Society Inc (Childers). She has also received a commendation from the Pastel Society of Australia in their Country Members Competition.
Marilyn was very fortunate to be selected as a finalist in the 2018 Perc Tucker Portrait Prize in Townsville with her pastel portrait titled “The Letter”. The Perc Tucker Portrait Prize is quite a prestigious award which attracts artists from all over Australia.
Marilyn has held 3 solo exhibitions. “Home is Where the Heart Is” travelled from Crows Nest Community Arts and Craft to Gayndah Art Gallery. “Natural Selection” was held at Gatakers Arts Space in Maryborough. She also held a joint exhibition with Patricia Deller-Smith called “Paint and Pastel” at Gin Gin Regional Art Gallery. Her work has also been widely displayed in Galleries in her local region as part of the Childers Visual Arts Group exhibitions which average at least 2 per year.
Her local community features large in Marilyn’s artworks. The wonderful colours of the Childers area – amazing red soil and verdant sugar cane are a constant source of inspiration as are the wonderful local beaches of the greater Wide Bay Region.
Although she has great admiration for the Heidelberg School artists, especially Frederick McCubbin, her style is definitely her own.
Her paintings can be found in private collections throughout Australia and overseas. She likes to paint a diversity of subjects which include Landscapes, Seascapes, Native Wildlife, Flowers, Architectural works, Still Life and Portraits. Her current passion is Miniatures. Many of her works can be accessed by viewing her website www.marilynmurray.com.au.
My artistic journey commenced when I was a child helping my busy mum make most of the clothes for our large family. I have always dabbled in the fabric arts including teaching patchwork quilting at various locations for 10 years.
In 2005, I found that patchwork/quilting was not fulfilling my creative desires, so, after completing a course called “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, I discovered I could draw and did this for many months until my creative juices again started flowing and I sought some tuition in Pastel painting. I was amazed at the ease with which I was able to use this wonderful medium to tell my story through my artworks.
Apart from this short course in Pastels, I am largely self taught, although I get much flow on knowledge from the members of the Childers Visual Arts Group of which I am a long term member
I have been painting seriously for about 12 years. Although Pastels were my introduction to art, I currently work in both pastels and acrylics.
Although my style can be said to be traditional, my work encompasses many different subjects, including Landscape, Seascape, Birds and Animals, Architectural, Florals, Portraits and Still Life. Examples of my work can be found at my website: www.marilynmurray.com.au.
I enjoy en plein air painting, however, because of my fair complexion, I prefer to paint in my studio and take many reference photos whenever I am out and about. I don’t need to travel far though as the spectacular colours of the Greater Wide Bay Region, of which I am a happy resident, provides much inspiration for my artwork. With the busy farming district constantly changing from the rich red soil to the many different shades of green related to sugar cane and various other farming pursuits, I am constantly challenged to complete yet another painting. The beautiful beaches of the area also demand to be painted often.
Of recent years, I have done much travelling around Australia and this too has provided much inspiration. I am currently documenting these travels in a series miniature works in acylic. My aim for my miniatures is produce enough to hold a solo exhibition at one of the many local galleries.
Gallery Gift Shops
Some of my smaller works are available for sale at the following gallery gift shops
•Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG)
•Childers Arts Space (CHARTS)
•Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery
Childers Arts Council - Visual Arts Group
Pastel Society of Australia Inc.
Australian Society of Miniature Art
2010 - I had an 8 page demonstration and insight article published in the Artist Palette Magazine No103 outlining the process involved in a pastel I called “Wait for Me Dad”.
I very much admire the early Australian Artists especially Frederick McCubbin, but feel that my style is my own. I enjoy the challenge of using a minimal number of colours and blending to achieve the colour I desire. I have completed a number of commissions and I appreciate this aspect of my work.
My artwork can be found in private collections both in Australia and overseas. One painting of Woodgate has found a home in Israel and another of my bird paintings was purchased by a London actor.
- Private Exhibitions
Gatakers Arts Space, Maryborough - Nov 2015 to Jan 2016
This exhibition featured many of my works focusing on the natural environment of Australia, including landscape, seascape and native wildlife.
“Home is where the Heart Is”
Gayndah Art Gallery - Jan to March 2015
Crows Nest Community Arts and Crafts – Nov 13
“Home is Where the Heart Is” was a retrospective of my works to date and my introduction to solo exhibiting. The title reflects my desire to only paint subjects which truly interest me and included local landscapes, seascapes and portraits of family members.
“Paint and Pastel”
Old Courthouse Gallery, Gin Gin. - April 2010
For this exhibition, I joined with Pat (Ginger) Deller-Smith to showcase various examples of my pastel works.
2010 - 2018 Exhibitions as an exhibiting member of the Childers Arts Council Visual Arts Group
“Rust”, “Focus on the F Word”, “Aussie Icons”, “Favourites” “State of Ageing”, “Anything But Ordinary”, “Wonder Weather” and “Unsupported”
2010 – 2019 Combined Exhibitions the Bundaberg District Art Groups
“Here + Now”, “Black and White”, “Collaboration”, “Cracked”, “Showtime” and “Links”
2007 – Annual Pastel Society exhibition at the Graydon Gallery at New Farm
2018 – Percival Portrait Painting Prize – Perc Tucker Gallery Townsville
“The Letter” – selected as a finalist in this prestigious exhibition.
“Prima Ballerina” – Grand Champion and 1st Prize – Fine Art Open
“Fruit Salad” – 3rd prize – Fine Art Open
“Cania Gorge” – 3rd prize – Landscapes
2016 - Bundaberg Arts Festival
“The Cane Harvest” – Highly Commended – Local Scene
2015 - Bundaberg Arts Festival
“Cr Judy Peters” – Highly Commended – Portraits
“Grand Central”- Highly Commended – Architectural
Maryborough Art Society Competition
“Queen Mary” - Miniatures – Commended
2014 – Bundaberg Arts Festival
“Road to Apple Tree Creek” – Highly Commended
“Kelly’s Beach” - Highly Commended
“Urangan Pier” – Miniatures - Highly Commended
“Highrise Holiday” – 2nd Open
“Zig Zag Street” – 2nd Contemporary
2013 – Bundaberg Arts Festival
“Highrise Holiday” H/Commended
“Wild Ride” – 2nd
2012 – Moore Park Beach Arts Festival
“The Letter” - 1st Portrait
“Oops” – H/Commended Still Life
2010 – Childers Show
“Paradise Found”– 1st Landscape
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