MS Janette Murray

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  • Academic

Research expertise

  • Painting and Installation
Jan Murray completed her postgraduate qualifications at the VCA and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). She has received an Australia Council Project Grant and her Australia Council Residencies include Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Via Farini, Milan and in 2010 the British School at Rome, Rome. Since 1982 she has shown regularly in both solo and group exhibitions in public museums, commercial galleries and artist run initiatives. Her work has been included in national and international surveys of contemporary art in Australia, Germany, France, Italy and the USA. Her work is widely represented in significant Australian public collections and she has also been collected by the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In 1999, she was recipient of a Nillumbik Shire Art Award. In 2003, the City of Glen Eira Gallery initiated a major touring exhibition, Southern Light: the art of Jan Murray, a twenty year survey of her installation and painting work. She is currently Head of the School of Art and Honours Coordinator and has taught at the VCA since 1983. She is represented by Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne. Research Interests Since 1990 Jan Murray's practice has focused on certain relationships between painting and its internal and external architecture. Using a variety of means, she has presented the painting itself as subject or motif in seeking to interrogate the relationship between the painting and its primary support - the wall - and the architectural space in which it is placed. She has also expanded the investigation of these relationships through the introduction of three-dimensional representation - the creation and installation of plaster simulacra of paintings. This development added a sculptural dimension to the work and openly enhanced possibilities for play with altered realities and the dialogue between object and space. Recently she has tested the literal and metaphorical limits of painting as object and illusionistic vehicle. Building on previous work in which the paradoxes of perception and representation inherent in both looking and painting were acutely focused in an examination of the complex relationship between creative and destructive action.

Subject Areas

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)

Available for supervision


Contact Details



Tricking the eye- contemporary tromps L'oeil
Start: Saturday, November 26th 2016 End: Saturday, February 11th 2017
Geelong Contemporary Art
Start: Saturday, September 10th 2016 End: Wednesday, November 9th 2016
Start: Thursday, July 30th 2015 End: Friday, August 21st 2015
Mix Tape 1980s: Occasionally Colliding
Start: Monday, April 1st 2013 End: Sunday, September 29th 2013
Objets de Desir
Start: Thursday, February 2nd 2012 End: Friday, March 2nd 2012
Lines of Thinking
Start: Thursday, November 17th 2011 End: Friday, December 16th 2011
'Se non e vero, e ben trovato'
Start: Friday, March 12th 2010 End: Friday, March 19th 2010
Just Looking
Start: Thursday, June 11th 2009 End: Friday, July 3rd 2009
Start: Wednesday, August 27th 2008 End: Friday, September 12th 2008
When You Think About Art
Start: Tuesday, August 12th 2008 End: Thursday, August 21st 2008
Start: Friday, June 20th 2008 End: Friday, July 11th 2008
Start: Saturday, May 3rd 2008 End: Saturday, May 24th 2008
Start: Thursday, June 15th 2006 End: Friday, July 7th 2006
Start: Friday, July 29th 2005 End: Friday, August 12th 2005
Modern Australian Paintings
Start: Thursday, April 1st 2004 End: Friday, April 30th 2004
Southern light - the art of Jan Murray
Start: Thursday, September 11th 2003 End: Saturday, October 4th 2003
Jan Murray Selected Works on Paper 1993 - 2003
Start: Thursday, September 11th 2003 End: Friday, October 3rd 2003
Start: Friday, July 26th 2002 End: Friday, August 16th 2002
Transit Narratives
Start: Saturday, March 9th 2002 End: Saturday, April 6th 2002
Start: Thursday, June 7th 2001 End: Friday, June 29th 2001
Look See
Start: Tuesday, March 27th 2001 End: Friday, May 4th 2001
Visions of Their World
Start: Tuesday, February 27th 2001 End: Wednesday, April 11th 2001


Creative Exhibited Works

MURRAY J (2006), Constellation, Charles Nodrum Gallery
MURRAY J (2002), Transit Narratives, Queensland College of Art - Griffith University
MURRAY J (2001), Visions of Their World

Education and Training

  • Master of Art in Fine Art MA , Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1995
  • Graduate Diploma in Fine Art GDVA , Victorian College of the Arts, 1981
  • Diploma of Fine Art DFA , Ballarat College of Advanced Education, 1978

Awards and honours

  • Australia Council VAB, 2010
  • Three month residency at Via Farini Contemporary Art Space, Milan, Italy, Australia Council VACB, 1999
  • Twelve month residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, Australia council VAB, 1984
  • Project Grant to produce work, Australia Council VAB, 1982
  • Acquisitive award, National Gallery of Victoria, 1981