Studio Address: 2 Orchard Flat, Auchtermuchty, Fife, Scotland, KY14 7DL
Georgia Rose Murray’s paintings depict her fascination with the sublime effects of light and darkness on the natural landscape. Her holistic processes are guided by conscious and subconscious observations and by a visceral awareness of the mystical; the works explore our human existence on Earth in connection with the spirit world.
Writing and drawing throughout day and night, Murray constantly records significant conscious and subconscious observations, reflecting on all of her experiences with coloured pens in sketchbooks. The results of the holistic process amalgamate to form narratives which lead to the creation of paintings. Paintings are made on paper, un-stretched canvas or primed board with water and oil based paints including gloss, vivid powdered pigments and a range of additional mediums.
Murray uses the language of painting to explore the mystical reality of Northern landscapes. Due to her ongoing interest in light and darkness, her investigations in recent years have led her to Iceland during a period of Polar Night and to Svalbard, specifically to witness the Midnight Sun.
For Murray painting is essential in helping decipher energies and in facilitating heightened states of awareness: symbiotically her conscious and subconscious selves gauge the magnitude of human existence within the universe. This forms the autobiographical baseline for her holistically realised work.
Significant interactions with remote natural landscapes create the baseline for innovative experimentations with paint. The paintings reflect a transcendental existence, initiated by sublime experiences, which are recorded in the moment with coloured pens or water-based paint in sketchbooks, and then further developed with a combination of oil paint, gloss paint and vivid powdered pigments on wooden boards in her studio.
During the summer of 2016, Murray was invited to spend the month of August as a guest of The Czech Center of Polar Ecology, Svalbard. Working alongside Scientists provided the opportunity to exchange knowledge and perspectives, empathising with the Arctic landscape on multiple levels.
The experience of creating painting research in such an incredible environment, amid 24 hours of daylight was ultimately inspiring, liberating and humbling. ARCTIC NORTH 1+1-1=1 is an exhibition of Murray’s newest works, which capture the reality of the Arctic on many layers; The works depict the intense beauty, alluring mysticism and sacred space of the Polar landscape; Brushmarks and colour expressively describe how it feels to be surrounded by such a powerful environment, where the elements and nature preside over humans.
After recently moving her home and her studio to the countryside, Georgia is currently living and painting in Fife, Scotland. In September 2015 she also began working as a Painting Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and now splits her time between painting and teaching.
During the winter of 2015 Georgia made an expedition to Iceland, to paint for one month. She worked up in the north western fjords, absorbing the majestic darkness and fleeting patterns of light which occur where the winter sun does not come up. Open returning to Scotland she made a new body of work named -LIGHT+SHADOW which was inspired by the research she made in Iceland.
In 2013 Georgia graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University. The pinnacle piece of work which she made for the final MFA show was ‘Conscia’; a 4 X 6 meter Oil painting on board. The MFA provided an ideal space to consider her practice and to explore alternative methods of creating work. One of the most valuable aspects of the course was the rich interaction which occurred between all of the MFA students. (For further info about this two year MFA period see MFA blog: http://georgiarosewings.wordpress.com/
In 2009 Georgia Graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee University. Her practice was predominantly painting but at this time she also made Waterless Lithography prints to further explore her themes and ideas. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone Georgia has worked hard to maintain a constant painting practice, always ensuring that she provides a studio home for herself, where ever she is in the world.