MS Janette Murray

MS Janette Murray


  • Painting and Installation



  • Jan Murray completed her postgraduate qualifications at the VCA and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). She has received an Australia Council Project Grant and her Australia Council Residencies include Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Via Farini, Milan and in 2010 the British School at Rome, Rome. Since 1982 she has shown regularly in both solo and group exhibitions in public museums, commercial galleries and artist run initiatives. Her work has been included in national and international surveys of contemporary art in Australia, Germany, France, Italy and the USA. Her work is widely represented in significant Australian public collections and she has also been collected by the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In 1999, she was recipient of a Nillumbik Shire Art Award. In 2003, the City of Glen Eira Gallery initiated a major touring exhibition, Southern Light: the art of Jan Murray, a twenty year survey of her installation and painting work. She is currently Head of the School of Art and Honours Coordinator and has taught at the VCA since 1983. She is represented by Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne. Research Interests Since 1990 Jan Murray's practice has focused on certain relationships between painting and its internal and external architecture. Using a variety of means, she has presented the painting itself as subject or motif in seeking to interrogate the relationship between the painting and its primary support - the wall - and the architectural space in which it is placed. She has also expanded the investigation of these relationships through the introduction of three-dimensional representation - the creation and installation of plaster simulacra of paintings. This development added a sculptural dimension to the work and openly enhanced possibilities for play with altered realities and the dialogue between object and space. Recently she has tested the literal and metaphorical limits of painting as object and    




Education and training

  • MA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1995
  • GDVA, Victorian College of the Arts 1981
  • DFA, Ballarat College of Advanced Education 1978

Awards and honors

  • Australia Council VAB, 2010
  • Nillimbik Shire, 1999
  • Three month residency at Via Farini Contemporary Art Space, Milan, Italy, Australia Council VACB, 1999
  • Twelve month residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, Australia council VAB, 1984
  • Project Grant to produce work, Australia Council VAB, 1982
  • Acquisitive award, National Gallery of Victoria, 1981



Available for supervision

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