In Martin McMurray’s first solo exhibition in New York, Bloodshot and Glowing, men, women and children search alone and together for meaning, direction and their place in relationships.
Natural and mythological occurrences, half invented and half experienced, depict paths on life’s journey. In a painting style that is notational and immediate, saturated in rich and somber tones, McMurray’s characters confront beauty, sadness, tragedy, absurdity and joy.
Storms, sea creatures, bulls and satyrs encroach upon the everyday. In two paintings of bullfighters, one male and one female, each holds their cape, ready for the next charge. What happens next is anybody’s guess.
Martin McMurray received his BFA from the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles, and Katharine Mulherin Projects, Toronto.