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Degree: Painting and Printmaking
University: Glasgow school of Art
Graduation Year: 2017

New Blood Art Statement

Like the goddaughter of Kandinsky, or the secret cousin of Klee, and certainly bringing to mind the genius and poetry of the late Matthew Wong's vibrant landscapes; Glasgow School of Art graduate Kidd Murray explores the relationship humans have with (and on) their surroundings, via a hypnotic display of clean contours and a river of dazzling colour.
 
Working predominantly in oil pastel, with her background as a printmaker,  Murray finds inspiration for her work from a ’mix of life and photographs, sometimes merging features of multiple spaces together…’ working as one to create entirely new, utterly captivating, vibrant landscapes. 

Artist Statement

Cut trees and trained hedges depict a sharp contrast between their organic movement and the control and power we hold over them. My work explores the impact we have on our surroundings and the actions we take in order to manipulate and domesticise nature. I closely observe the design and architectural aspects of outdoor spaces, and it is this narrative of systemisation over such a complex and autonomous force that I try to communicate through my work.  

My colour palette is influenced by art movements such as fauvism, abstract expressionism and pop art. My main choice of medium is oil pastels and oil bars because of their strong pigments, but also because they give me a sense of freedom and playfulness that painting sometimes does not. For references i use a mix of life and photographs, sometimes merging features of multiples spaces together to create a fictional environment.

Group Exhibitions

2019, Winter Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2017, Southside Salon, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
2017, Degree Show, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2017, New Generation Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2017, Degree Show Selection, Resonate Art House, Alloa
2016, Atmosphere, Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design, Prague
2016, Serving Suggestion, The Glue Factory, Glasgow
2015, 7x5 Postcard Exhibition, Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick
2015, 2 Years Licked, Grace & Clarke Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow

Original works:

Moon

By Kidd Murray

£450

Storm

By Kidd Murray

£450

Solitude

By Kidd Murray

£450

Blue

By Kidd Murray

£450

Topiary

By Kidd Murray

£600

Trails

By Kidd Murray

£450

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Red

By Kidd Murray

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