James Austin Murray
"Mystery of Light"
April 3 - May 3, 2014
Thursday, April 3rd
6 - 8 pm
James Austin Murray, Invincible Serenity (detail), 2014, Oil on shaped canvas, 48 x 64 in / 121.9 x 162.6 cm
We are pleased to present "Mystery of Light," James Austin Murray's first solo exhibition at Lyons Wier Gallery. For the past 20 years, James Austin Murray has worked through many different approaches in his art - from tightly rendered graphite cityscapes to pure white abstraction, works on paper, metal, canvas and board, flat and multi-dimensional. It is through these various incarnations that he has settled upon a pure black palette driven by an automatic and deftly intuitive hand.
"My current work is both about the paint and the light that reflects on and in it. I consider light to be a material I work with much like paint is a material I work with. It is the way paint plays with light that is my focus. I use black paint. Black absorbs the entire spectrum of visible light, leaving the oil in the paint to reflect the light in the room. You might wonder if this is all the work is about and you'd be right to wonder. Light is just one element and a starting point" - James Austin Murray. Read more
for images from the show
"Mystery of Light" installation view
Installation view II
Installation view III
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