Adam Murray is one of our region’s most dexterous and well known artists; his technique is ever changing, rich with charisma and will leave you wondering … this month in Focus we profiled Adam as part of our Arts and Culture feature …
You’re no stranger to our local creative scene, having featured in one way or another at most events held. What do you love most about our region’s growing creative community?
It’s great – from the local council to the Glasshouse, local artists and smaller galleries. This town is becoming even more colourful – starting to see more street art around, as well as the local art events of the last few years. There’s a tight arts community here in Port Macquarie, and we’re all helping each other. It’s special.
What are some of the events you’ve been involved with?
There was Squiggle Off last year; that was so much fun. The Art Walk last month, a huge success for local art and artists. I’ve done live painting at the Pier on Clarence, the Artist Markets, Festival of the Sun and Sounds on Sunset Music Festivals. Recently Mel Casey and I just finished painting a wall outside Arthouse Industries (cnr Murray St and Sunset Parade), for cancer fundraiser “If We All Had Wings”.
It was only 12 months ago when we last caught up with you about your art. Since then you’ve moved from women, to felines with womanly features, and now a lot of your work revolves around the felines solely … Tell us about that transition.
Honestly, I don’t know how my subjects come to me, and I’m not the biggest fan of cats. But I guess it’s a reflection of the female form, which I’ve been working on for years now. It’s the cat’s body and how they move that I find interesting and also fun to experiment with. They’re slinky, smooth, bony and creepy. I like to stretch, exaggerate and distort form, and the cat seems to suit these things. The movement of their spine and the direction of their legs can be pushed in unrealistic directions. And it’s always fun to add breasts and hips and other things. They just sort of combined and worked, and I’m sticking with it … For now.
Your staple colour palette has also certainly changed in a year – brighter hues in the foreground with dark features and undertones, which creates a very moody feel. What has inspired this?
For years I normally used primary colours, a very bright palette, mostly favouring blue/orange and red/green. And like most things with creative practice, things have to change, move on and evolve. And I guess my recent move to a darker palette and darker tones is a reaction to my past colours. There was a point where I looked back at my work and thought my colours had to change/shift. Subject and imagery was progressive, but they were all the same colours. I’m lucky to receive left over house paint from friends. It’s these unfamiliar colours that have made it more interesting for me.
Painting for me is a constant testing and discovery process. I truly believe contrast is a very important part of visual art – contrast of colour and application and even contrast of extension. Like a mass of darker tones with a little touch of brighter colour, it’s complementary opposite here and there, where older work was the opposite and the darkness suits my cats.
Where can our readers follow your artwork and contact you?
You can find me on Instagram @adammurrayart and Facebook www.fb.com/adammurrayart.