Paul Murray RSW PAI
Paul Murray graduated from the Glasgow School of Arts in 1984 and been painting, teaching and travelling ever since. He has exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute, The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in Edinburgh and The Paisley Art Institute. He was honoured with The Paisley Art Institute Award in 2000 and the Mary Armour Award at the PAI in 2002, Paisley University Award 2007, 1st prize at PAI Scottish Drawing Competition and The Whitehouse Gallery Exhibition Award, 2007 and in 2008 The Glasgow Art Club Fellowship Award.
"His paintings attempt to encourage the spectator's eye to journey back through the picture, to look beyond the decorative and to appreciate the subtle changes of surface and mark. Collage is crucial in the work; pre-printed images, calligraphy and textures, left as a trace of the observed subject."
Paul has had solo shows in Marbella, Bahrain and Gourock which have resulted in his work now being part of private collections of Bahrain Royal Family.
The pictures are mostly inspired by local scenes from the Western Ferries and the Kip Marina to the hills and landscapes around the artist's Gourock home. However, inspiration has also been drawn from Pauls travels in Europe and the Middle East.