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Artist-in-Residence

Gwynn Murrill

IN STUDIO

Thursday, March 15, 2012 through
Saturday, April 14, 2012

ON EXHIBIT

Thursday, March 15, 2012 through
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gwynn Murrill

In over three decades as a sculptor, Gwynn Murrill has created remarkable animal figures that are both timeless and contemporary. Initially working in wood and marble, the artist has since moved on to bronze as her primary medium of choice, but what remains consistent is her talent for portraying the essence of her subject in a form that is simultaneously abstract and figurative. Says Murrill: "It is a challenge to try and take the form that nature makes so well and to derive my own interpretation of it." 

Paring away everything that is not absolutely necessary to perceive the creatures in all their purity, details such as eyes, individual coloring, and the texture of fur and feathers are sacrificed in order to leave us with their raw "animal-ness" and primal essence. There is no doubt about the animal portrayed. Calling to mind Classical and Egyptian antiquity, Murrill's signature bronze works are fluid in line and form, smooth, elegant, inviting to that forbidden touch and instilled with vitality and a sense of being--either caught in a moment of serenity and self-possession or brimming with the potential to pounce at any moment.

Born in Michigan and raised in Southern California, Murrill received her BFA and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since her first solo show in 1972, Murrill has participated in 36 solo shows and more than 50 group exhibitions. Currently, through 2011, her Five Tigers are on display at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ in association with the International Sculpture Center. Over her career, she has received many accolades: a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Prix di Roma Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, and a Purchase Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2009, Murrill was honored with the Public Art Network’s “Year in Review Award” for her public sculpture and relief commission at The Montana in Pasadena, CA. Her work is held by many private collections and can be seen in a number of public commissions throughout the U.S. and across the globe, including the American Embassy in Singapore; the City of Obihiro, Japan; Target Corporation Headquarters in Minneapolis; the San Francisco Zoo; the Portland Museum of Art, ME; and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA.

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2011

Rivers Always Meet The Sea, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France

2010           

More Reasons Than One, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX

Breakfast by the Light of the Moon, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY

2008           

dreaming out of season, FILIALE, Berlin, Germany

2007           

New Paintings, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY

2005           

New Paintings, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX

New Paintings, LUXE Gallery, New York, NY

Too Tall To Get Over And Too Wide To Get Around, (drawings / project room), LUXE Gallery, New York, NY

2004           

New Paintings, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL

2003            

New Paintings, LUXE Gallery, New York, NY

2001           

Confection, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL

1998           

Recent Works, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions 

Solo Exhibitions thru 1990

2010           

Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2009                       

Maquettes, LA Louver, Venice, CA

Early Wood Sculpture, Santa Monica College, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Selected Cats, Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

2007           

Primal Form: The Sculpture of Gwynn Murrill, The Fresno Museum, Fresno, CA

Cats, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Birds, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

From Classical to Baroque, LA Louver, Venice, CA

2006                       

Recent Sculpture in Bronze, Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

2005                       

LA Louver, Skyroom, Venice, CA

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2004                       

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003

New Work, LA Louver, Venice, CA

2002                       

Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA

Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2001                       

Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

2000                       

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe. NM

1999                       

Dennis Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID                        ‘

John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998                       

Sculptures in Bronze, Joan Washburn, New York, NY

1997                       

Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1996                       

Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

1995                       

Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

1994                       

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993                       

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

1992                       

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

1991                        

Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990                       

Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Rutgars Barclay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

Selected Group Exhibitions (through 1990)

 

2010                       

Kink, Koplin Del Rio, Culver City, CA

Malibu Sculpture 2010, Curated by Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Malibu, CA

Intimate to Monumental - Contemporary Sculpture, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

5 Tigers on exhibition through 2011, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

2009                       

LA Louver, Venice, CA

2008                       

LA Louver, Venice, CA

California in New York, Curated by Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Hubert Gallery, New York, NY

Endangered Species, Santa Monica College, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Defining the West; Two Hundred Years of American Imagery, Gerald Peters Gallery-Dallas, Dallas, TX

2007                       

day and night, LA Louver, Venice, CA

The Left Coast, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA

Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists 1980-2006, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Beverly Hills, CA

2006           

Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art, 5 Tigers on extended exhibition through 2009, The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

The ADAA Art Show 2006, Joan Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, The Contemporary Museum at The First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI

Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Beverly Hills, CA

Gwynn Murrill-Sculpture & Wayne Shimabukuro-Photography, California State University Los Angeles, Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005                       

LA Louver, Venice, CA

Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Malibu, CA

Wilder: A Tribute to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery Los Angeles, 1965-1979, Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

2004                       

Sculpture, LA Louver, Venice, CA

Free Associations, ARTS Manhattan, Manhattan Beach, CA

2002                        

Animal Instincts, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

Cerritos Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA

Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Beverly Hills, CA

2001                       

LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2000           

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Dorsky Gallery, New York, NY

1999                       

Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Portraiture: Front, back & in-between, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

1998                       

LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997                       

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

Bugs, Beasts, Birds and Creatures of The Water, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1995           

Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Gallery Dedication, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

1994                       

Wildlife, California Center for the Arts Center, Escondido, CA           

26 Artists, Freisen Gallery, Seattle, WA

The Art Cup (organized by Betty Asher), Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1993           

Menagerie, O’Malveny & Meyers, Los Angeles, and Hines Partnership, San Francisco, CA                                    

Inadvertently, Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  

Malibu International Sculpture Exhibition, Malibu, CA

Zooid, Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV

1992             

Mind and Beast: Contemporary Artist and the Animal Kingdom, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

1991             

Individual Realities, Saison Museum of Art, Tokyo, Tsukashin Hall, Osaka, Japan

American Birdhouse, San Francisco International Airport

Esprit Sculpture Garden, San Francisco, CA

1990              

Outdoor Sculpture, Esprit Sculpture Garden, San Francisco, CA