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Placid Murray, Monk of Glenstal
John Philip Murray
This portrait "Placid Murray, Monk of Glenstal" was commissioned in 1991 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his profession as a monk in Glenstal Abbey. It took many preparatory drawings and several abandoned paintings before being finally realised last November (2012). The central image shows him in 2009 and the peripheral ones from top left anticlockwise are from 1943, 1959, 1991, 1993 and 2006. Placid Murray is a writer on religious themes. He has published numerous texts, including several devoted to manuscripts of John Henry Cardinal Newman. This portrait will be exhibited at ths RHA Annual Exhibition 28th May - 17th August 2013. RHA Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2.

an SlŪ Coisrichte; Aisling Saramago
John Philip Murray
This painting has been selected as the co-winner of the prize for painting at this year's Oireachtas exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Cork Vision Centre, North Main Street, Cork, from 29th October to 27th November 2008. It is one of a series of new works exploring the centrality of travel/pilgrimage/questing to human nature. References are as diverse as commerce, religion, freedom , and so forth.

Foundation Revealed
John Philip Murray
"The Lever of Opposition" is the title of John Philip Murray's first solo exhibition in Dublin City since 1991. It comprises Paintings and Drawings linked by physical and narrative notions of opposition. Picture planes are divided, often top to bottom, or left and right - the divisions are in light/dark, or contrasting, low-key colour. Images contain references to history, ancient myths and literature. Humans are in evidence either as shadowy figures or by implication with remains of buildings. For further information contact Cleo Fagan at the Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. +353 1 6711020 cleo@stonegallery.ie www.stonegallery.ie

Uruk
John Philip Murray
John Philip Murray's latest exhibition will be opened by Mick McDonagh, Cork City Architect, at the Vangard Gallery, Carey's Lane, Cork, on 10th May and will run until 2nd June 2007. A new full-colour booklet 'John Philip Murray - Vangard ii, with a monograph by Marianne O'Kane, published by the gallery in conjunction with Gandon Editions will be launched at the exhibition opening. The booklet can be purchased from: info@vangardgallery.com or: gandon@eircom.net To see all the works in this exhibition go to the following websites: www.johnphilipmurray.com or: www.vangardgallery.com

Belacqua's Sandwich;
John Philip Murray
A group exhibition entitled "Tribute to Beckett" opens on the 7th December and runs until the 18th January 2007. Earlier this year, artists who exhibit with the Vangard Gallery in Cork were asked to respond to Samuel Beckett, marking the Centenary of his birth. Their responses were variously directed towards the man, his work, the climate created by his work, notional landscapes, etc. Art Vitae member John Philip Murray is among the 28 artists. Others include: Sculptors, Michael Warren, Michael Quane, John Coen, Painters, Michael Cullen, Patrick Graham, Sean McSweeney, John Noel Smith, Donald Teskey. More complete details will be available on the Vangard Gallery website. www.vangardgallery.com

Defined States
John Philip Murray
ArtVitae members, John Philip Murray and Syra Larkin will be showing a joint exhibition at the recently opened "mcbride gallery" 25 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Their exhibition opens on Thursday 17th August and runs until Tuesday 5th September 2006. The mcbride gallery is a bright, airy, and beautifully appointed space. John Philip's and Syra's work ranges in size and variety of subject matter. You can see a preview of their images at www.mcbrideartgallery.com

Close Horizon Suite 1-12
John Philip Murray
John Philip Murray unveils a new work at a major exhibition by seventeen artists, opening on the 27th July at Macroom Town Hall, County Cork. The exhibition Called 'Time and Place' runs until 26th August 2006, and has a comprehensive catalogue. Murray's work continues to explore his concern with 'Hidden Humanity'

Ambit - (Diptych)
John Philip Murray
Opening at the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on 23rd May until 17th June 2006. John Philip Murray's latest exhibtion, 'Ambit', continues the development of his chosen theme of humanity, set against contrasting backgrounds of architecture and landscape. Human presences are indicated in all of the works, appearing as shadowy heads or figures, but often barely discernable from their surroundings. They stand for the people who are on the margins and whose voices usually go unheard. The title 'Ambit' refers to notions of boundaries, physical and notional.

Ar Thůir Athnuachana (In Pursuit of Renewal)
John Philip Murray
This large triptych gives the title to an exhibition of new works by John Philip Murray to be held at the Ionad Cultķrtha, in Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, opening on the 8th November, running until 30th November 2005. The exhibition, consisting of 19 pieces, 9 paintings, five life drawings and five other drawings interrogates notions of humankind and its psychological links to the natural and built environments. It is a further extension of Murray's concern with the person as an individual, solitary, unseen, unheard and in groups, powerful and sometimes overwhwelming. We peer into the shadow, through the arch and walk into the labyrinth...and see what we may see.

Memento (diptych)
John Philip Murray
As we mentioned in our earlier reviews this summer, Expressionist painter John Philp Murray has indeed been very busy this season. John is not only exhibiting in Contemporary Diversity2but has been the main force behind this revisitaion of the original Contemporary Diversity which opened in the Town Hall, Macroom, County Cork, Ireland 14 years ago. All but one of the original artists form that show will be exhibiting in Diversity2 from July 15 to August 14th. In addition to John will be displayed the works of Cecily Brennan, Joe Butler, Jackie Conney, Elizabeth Comerford, Maud Cotter, John Doherty, and Michael Cullen.

Leading visual art critics Hilary Pyle, and Alannah Hopkin have also contrbuted to this venture. You can view the exhibtion catalog at www.johnphilipmurray.com.

Unseen Witness
John Philip Murray
Expressionist painter John Philp Murray has been very busy this season. His next exhibition entitled Facing Musicis to be held in Ireland's second city, Cork, at the well respected Vangard Gallery beginning June 24th 2004.

Person in Light
John Philip Murray
John Philp Murray will be exhibiting in the Atlantic Gallery in Clifden, County Galway, Ireland. The show A Song for Silent People opens Saturday 5th June at 5:30pm, and runs until 19th June 2004.

Memento (diptych)
John Philip Murray
An exhibition by subtly provocative painter John Philip Murray entitled Advocate will commence on Sunday 30 November, 2003, at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, County Wicklow, Ireland. Colm Allen, S.C. will open the show. Info: tinahaely@iol.ie.

Sextet (triptych)
John Philip Murray
The Lavit Gallery located in Cork, Ireland, is the venue for a group show featuring visual artists who are involved with music. Included in 'Composition' is painter and ArtVitae.com member John Philip Murray. This interesting show runs from the 16th of September to the 4th of October.

Anonymous Mosaic, Looking Right
John Philip Murray
John Philip Murray will be among a strong group of artists exhibiting in the Lead White Gallery Summer Exhibition. This wide-ranging show of contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography, and works on paper will run from the 26th of June until the 22nd of August. The Lead White Gallery is located at the corner of Clyde Lane & Pembroke Place, Dublin 4.

Anonymous Mosaic, Looking Left
John Philip Murray
John Philip Murray'slatest exhibition of paintings and drawings is entitled'The Direct Connection'. This exhibition at THEatre Space, Henry Place, Dublin, runs from the 16th to 31st of January 2003, and includes five new paintings conceived to complement the Pasados Dance Company production of 'Take 2'. Further details about the dance production can be found at www.pasodos.com.

During that same time, busy John will be showing more of his work in conjunction with The Lead White Gallery at the Art London 2003, Business Design Centre, Islington from January the 12th to the 19th.

Anonymous Mosaic, Looking Left
John Philip Murray
John Philip Murray, "Drawing from Mosaics", Guinness Gallery, Foxrock, Co. Dublin, opens May 10th, 2001. Contrasting inspirations from such vastly disparate cultures as those of Middle East and Ireland have formed John Philip Murray's expressive and evocative style. His sandy warm palette is interlaced with the severe austerity of a somber geometric framework, reflecting society's common and omnipotent constraints, conflicts, and paradoxes, struggled against by human populations worldwide. AV. Also read Aidan Dunne`s review in The Irish Times , and Alannah Hopkin`s review in The Examiner .

Aspiration; Inner Mosaic
John Philip Murray
"Aspirations" is the title of John Philip Murray's latest exhibition running from October 25 to November 15th at the Vangard Gallery, Cork, Ireland. To see exactly what this indefatigable artist has assembled for this current exhibition view his works inside the Vangard Gallery.

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