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Graeme Murray

Graeme Murray was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1963 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1981-86, gaining a 1st Class Honours BA degree and Diploma of Post-Graduate Studies (with Distinction).  Awards include RSA John Kinross Traveling Scholarship, (Florence, Italy), and Scottish Arts Council Award.  Murray was the youngest artist to be selected for the ‘Britain in Vienna' Festival, 1986, opened by HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana.   

The artist has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad, including, The Smith Biennial, Stirling, Warwick Arts Trust, Pimlico, London, The Contemporary Arts Socety, Covent Garden, London and Academy of the Art Institute of San Francisco, USA.

In 1991, Murray was appointed as Artist In Residence, in the Shetland Islands, for the Scottish Arts Council and Shetland Arts Trust. During this time he developed themes and motifs reflecting folklore and literature. Ancestral themes were to form the basis of two further exhibitions in Nicosia and Limassol, Cyprus.   In 1994, Murray moved to a remote, studio location in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus.  The artist was influenced by the spiritual ambience of the interior with high vaulted ceilings, engraved Templar crosses and carved Byzantine angels.

The artist is fascinated by the way in which cultures intertwine and how this shapes our sense of identity. While Byzantine, Renaissance, Celtic and even literary / folklore references are a constant source of inspiration, the figures are essentially ambiguous. The artist is more interested in capturing an essence, rather than a depiction of an emotion. His paintings are in public and private collections in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.

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