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KERRY MURRAY (article first published : 2006-06-12)

Art lovers are invited to embark on a sensual and thought-provoking journey through texture and colour with Kerry Murray’s latest art exhibition, titled 360º at the Kizo Art Gallery in the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

One of South Africa’s brightest young talents, Kerry Murray is building a solid reputation for herself in the world of art. With her natural ability to engage the viewer through her use of rich, vibrant colour and expressive layering techniques, her star is set to rise.

Despite being a young artist, Kerry Murray’s work shows a naturally mature style with her bold use of texture and a superb understanding of colour and composition. Her latest exhibition, 360º has taken on a study of circles and circular forms, which she describes as ultimately mirroring the cycle of life. In this, her first solo show in KwaZulu-Natal, she will use her exhibition at Kizo as an opportunity to launch herself in KZN. “Much of my inspiration comes from life itself, be it nature, past experiences or memories,” she says. “I feel strongly that everything in life goes around in full circle, which maybe explains why I get a lot of pleasure from painting rich coloured, deeply textured circular themes.”

With her first near sell-out exhibition at Cape Towns VEO Gallery in September 2005, Kerry Murray is slowly establishing herself as an artist serious about contemporary abstract art.

“Murray’s work is passionate, distinct and very intriguing,” says Craig Mark, joint owner of Kizo. “She has an innate ability to capture her audience and take them on a journey through her mind’s eye. I believe strongly that South Africans will be seeing a lot more of this local talent as she establishes herself in the market. We are very excited about the potential of this young artist.”

360º consists of 62 pieces, each one reflecting Kerry Murray’s passion for combining mediums such as oil, enamel and her signature expression of sensual, textured layers. She encourages the viewer to engage all their senses and actually touch her richly textured artwork. “As long as the viewer interacts with my work on an emotional level, be it joy or fear, pleasure or pain, I will have reached my objective,” she says. “My work aims to encourage the audience to engage with the colour and texture and imagery on a personal level, and I never look to influencing a response as this is as personal as one’s deepest secret.”

Originally from KwaZulu-Natal but now residing in Cape Town, the artist’s love for nature and natural rhythms has been mostly influenced by the surrounds of her childhood, having grown up in the Drakensberg. Her father also plays a strong role in terms of her work, in that he always encouraged her to be closely observant. It is through this observation that she discovered what she calls the ‘enigma’ in her work – hidden subtleties that challenge the viewer in terms of their interpretation but add underlying nuances to the work that lead the viewer deeper into the imagery on the canvas.

While Kerry Murray is yet to be fully discovered in South African art circles, her career is bound to be a bright one. As a self-taught artist whose raw talent is currently being utilised in terms of producing both artwork and handmade jewellery, she has already sold a piece to the Queen of Jordan.

360º runs at Kizo Art Gallery until June 30.




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