Rob Murray’s expressive mixed-media work captures the vibrant energy of our rivers, lakes and rural landscapes.
Rob has developed a following amongst collectors, and his work is now held in a wide range of private collections in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. His paintings have also been selected for group shows and exhibitions, including the Westmorland Landscape Prize and the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.
Alongside his work as a painter, Rob is also one of the UK’s leading cartoonists for publications including Private Eye, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph.
“My work is influenced by developments in contemporary landscape painting, and also by a longstanding interest in Abstract Expressionism. As a result, my paintings often exhibit a tension between representation and expression. My work is always inspired by specific places, but I am most interested in recording how it feels to be within the landscape.
Paintings grow from live encounters with the landscape.I produce rapid gestural sketches during these excursions, as well as taking photographs and short videos. Sometimes a painting develops directly from one preparatory image; others evolve from a number of sketches and compositions, or from memory. Drawing is central to my practice, to harness a sense of immediacy and produce dynamic impressions of the landscape.
Each painting is an attempt to record the place I’ve visited, but also to articulate my personal response to that place; to capture an intangible moment or recreate a memory.”