In the fall of 2019, Ethan Murrow
completed the largest mural project of his career in Seattle, WA. What makes this feat even more impressive, is the artist known for his intricately detailed graphite on paper narratives, was working entirely in paint and in color. During his time creating this series of large scale painted murals, Ethan fell in love with painting again and wanted to explore the medium which started his career as an artist, many years ago.
Ethan Murrow, Sign, 2020, high flow acrylic on mounted board, 48 x 36 inches
We are excited to share the first of a new series of color paintings by Ethan Murrow.
The narrative and technical skills Murrow
has developed over the years through drawing are powerfully evident in this new body of work. Sign
(shown above) is almost a love letter to painting, with his oversized bouquet of flowers and romanticized sky.
Ethan Murrow studio, work in progress
Ethan Murrow Studio, 2020
The murals which inspired his new body of work:
Drawing upon what he calls a “childhood determination to succeed and an adult obsession with glory and heroism,” Murrow
’s images invite his audience to consider the complexities of aspiration. The absolute confidence and passion of Murrow’s characters are intended to stand in contrast to the possibly dubious outcome of their efforts. Ethan explains, “I both admire and fear this kind of certainty”.
Ethan Murrow Mural, The Garden, 2019, Seattle, WA
The Garden is intended to represent a bustling, burgeoning city in a tree, under construction and thriving. It is a beehive, a utopic experiment, a massive collaboration between humans and their plant partners. It is part skyscraper, part super plant.
The Garden celebrates the genius of nature and the ways in which the environment can serve as inspiration, and often become our partner in problem solving, engineering and creativity.
Ethan Murrow, The Devise Triptych: Air, The Devise Triptych Land, The Devise Triptych: Water, 2019, Acrylic Paint Wall Mural
These three murals, set in distinct environments but linked by a focus on humans working amongst dramatic landscapes, deal with individuals mid journey, at the cusp of adventure or action. The figures are defined by their absurd inventions, which symbolize the tools of travel and celebrate the spirit of DIY, experimentation, ingenuity and human or naturally powered kinetic devices.
Murrow has been widely exhibited across the United States, and in France, Belgium, Jordan, and Hong Kong. His murals have been featured in museums and corporate collections, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Jacksonville, FL, Facebook Offices in the US and Expedia Group in Seattle. He is the recipient of multiple residencies and awards, including the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, a Berkshire Taconic Grant and the Stein Emerging Artist Award. Ethan Murrow is a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University.
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