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Wil Murray: This Haunted House Is Not A Haunted Home
April 23 – May 9, 2009
Artist Reception:  April 23, 6 – 8 pm

Canadian artist Wil Murray, the 2008 RBC Painting Competition honours recipient, will reveal a new series of work in his first solo exhibition, This Haunted House Is Not A Haunted Home, at Diane Farris Gallery. Murray is known for pithy-titled abstract assemblages consisting of built-up sculptural elements created in neon hues and jarring textures. In this exhibition, the artist successfully attempts to seduce the viewer with his large, jutting, three-dimensional paintings and explodes the surface with a dripping, over-stimulating, blending of colour and form.

Completed over a series of months, each piece is thick with acrylic paint, spray foam, glitter, glazes and collaged sections of paint that extend in places out from the board three to four inches.

As he describes his process, “Sometimes I am a sausage maker or Montgolfier, sealing the edges and filling the insides with foam. Other times I compose off the support and apply the results as fabric, fitted, folded and pinned in place. I cut back in. Remove sections. I collage my own marks. Re-apply them, sagging or proud.” The results of this process reveal a humorous narrative that examines its own creation.

Born in Calgary in 1978, Wil Murray studied painting and drawing at the Alberta College of Art and Design. His work was recently chosen for publication in Carte Blanche, Vol. 2: Painting, Magenta Foundation (2008) and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. He was short-listed for the RBC Painting Competition Prize in 2005. His work is included in collections across Canada and the United States.

Murray is represented in Western Canada by Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver. He currently lives and works in Montreal.

What The Dents In Your Head Can Tell Us, 2009

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