Biography


Gillian Murray was born in Perth, Scotland in 1970. She studied Fine Art (Printmaking) at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating in 1993.

After a move to Edinburgh she became an employee at Edinburgh Printmakers in 1996 where she currently runs the screenprinting department. This involves working on print projects with a host of local, national and international artists as well as teaching courses in screenprinting and collagraphs.

Statement


“Printmaking is one of my favourite mediums to work in. I studied printmaking at college and continue to be absorbed in it through teaching and editioning prints at Edinburgh Printmakers.

Over the last few years I have been making small trips mainly around Scotland, sketching and taking photos of the landscape and flora. Having collected my source information I create prints inspired by the dramatic and beautiful views I have encountered.

I am fascinated by landscape from the textures and colours to its form and composition. When I am drawing the landscape, especially in more remote areas, I feel incredibly content when I observe and record everything before me. Recording it so that I can keep its memory with me. Whether it is an invigorating blustery day or one of utter stillness and astounding light, I want to capture the moment and the serenity I felt there and take it home with me. Encountering raw, elemental and often beautiful landscapes and documenting their ever changing character is what draws me away from the city where I live and work. The absence of people in my prints reflects a need to escape the ‘clutter’ of the city and the busyness of my thoughts. I find the experience of drawing outdoors restorative and I hope this feeling is conveyed to the viewer when they look at my prints.”

CV, Recent Exhibitions


2013  Dancing Light Gallery, Lamancha, West Linton
2013  Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2013  Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2012  Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2012  Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Show, Edinburgh
2012  Gallery Ten, Edinburgh
2012  Edinburgh Printmakers at Grand Designs Live NEC, Birmingham
2012  Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
2012  Big Print/Small Print, Wroclaw, Poland
2012  Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2011  Edinburgh Printmakers, Winter Show
2011  Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2011  Amber Arts Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
2011  The Dancing Light Gallery, Lamancha, West Linton
2011  Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2011  Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2010  Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Exhibition
2010  Amber Arts Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
2010  The Royal Overseas League, Edinburgh
2010  The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh
2010  An Tobar solo exhibition, Tobermory, Mull
2010  Amber Arts, Edinburgh
2010  Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2009  Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Show
2009  Edinburgh Printmakers Solo Exhibition
2009  Henderson’s Café, Edinburgh
2009  Royal Scottish Academy Spring Exhibition, R.S.A, Edinburgh

2008  Edinburgh Printmakers Winter Show
2008  Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh
2008  Wellspring, Edinburgh
2008  Total Kunst, Edinburgh
2008  Owl and Lion Gallery, Edinburgh
2008  Post Matters Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art
2008  Cone 9 Gallery, North Berwick

Gillian Murray

Artist, Printmaker

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