Alan Murray

About

‘Untitled 1’

I painted this over an original that I didn’t take to very much. It’s meant to be a ‘cityscape’ with flowers/vegetation in the foreground. A slight hint at a reflection too.

It was a good one to paint because I could splodge-about a bit and I really enjoyed using the charcoal stick. The black marks in the sky were made using a bit of that netting you get around wrapped-up Christmas trees.

 

‘Untitled 2’

I can’t paint people or places but I like shapes and I like architecture. There’s something lovely about painting on a black background and the colours seem to be just right. This took me a long time to do and I had to be careful with the brush. It was quite exciting, though, to feel the undulations in the ground develop as I went from building to building. I made the frame – stretched the canvas over a home-made wooden square. Unfortunately, the old timber I used was a little warped so the picture wouldn’t sit properly on the wall. So I made a simple frame to go around it. It’s a bit crude but I think it just about works. I like to think that you might stand in front of the picture and imagine which of the buildings you’d like to live in. I’ve got a favourite but I won’t tell you which it is.

 

Untitled 1
Paint on Canvas
110x83cm
NFS

 

Untitled 2
Paint on Canvas
77x77cm
NFS

Artist

Alan Murray

Category
Arts Open