John Philip Murray
Open Studio for Culture Night - 20th September 2013:
I opened my studio to members of the public as my contribution to Cork County
Council Culture Night. This was a rare opportunity to visit the studio of
a practising painter of long experience and see first-hand how the space has
been designed and learn the reasons why, and how it works, day to day.
The motivation in having an Open Studio was to provide insight into my methodology
and working practices. It also served to show that neither the workplace nor
the work, arrive fully-formed, from a vacuum, but are the product of constant
refining. Visitors were shown examples of work at various stages, from working
drawings to finished work, framed and ready for exhibition. Visitors were
encouraged to ask questions at every stage.
Participants pre-booked their visits. I invited a maximum of 8 visitors
at any one time and each session lasted for approximately one hour.
Content: Visitors were shown: - The layout of a working painter's studio
- How working space, storage for materials and finished work have been organised
- Examples of work in: drawing/watercolour/pastel/oil/print - Examples of
developments over more than 40 years of work.
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Placid Murray, Monk of Glenstal, oil on cotton, 76 x 50 cm, 1991
The portrait of Placid Murray, Monk of Glenstal was one of the works
on view in my studio for Culture Night.