Herbert Murrie

Herbert Murrie

Chicago, IL, United States

About Herbert Murrie

Herbert Lee Murrie was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Herbert’s art school training was classic in nature. His love of painting leaned toward the French Impressionists, Monet, Cezanne, Sisley, and Gauguin to name a few. Never the less, he greatly admired what was happening in the early 60’s and 70’s by the American abstract painters, Wilhelm de Kooning, Arshile Gorki, Mark Rothko’s early abstractions and Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. The Renaissance painters of Italy as well had an influence on him especially in the area of color.

Over the past 10 to 12 years his painting moved rapidly to the abstract. He knew he had to keep pushing forward toward a totally non-objective, purely emotional state. He never felt the same emotion or excitement before that he feels in his abstract work today.

One presupposes, of course, that words are used to convey information about the idea and the context. None of his paintings function as illustrations of an idea; ultimately they are the idea. The shapes and forms emerge through the constant blending and manipulations of the paint. A non hierarchical interweaving of form with space and color…interlacing forms, bows and curves that constantly intersect to produce fantastic spatial structures that change with the light, could be altered endlessly. To cause something to change and flow, to make it relative, suits him very well. He will edit out and build upon what he feels is working. Sometimes when images come about by chance they are fresher, more organic, more inevitable. Instinct takes charge. The composition of different forms, colors, structures, proportions, harmonies come out as an abstract system analogous to music.

Letting a thing come rather than creating it is more genuine, richer, more alive. Anything is possible in his paintings; any form, added at will, changes the picture but does not make it wrong. The fact that Herbert’s paintings evolve their motifs as the work proceeds is a timely one because there is no central image of the world any longer: He must work out everything for himself. He wants to capture the energy one finds in the music of Beethoven, Mozart, the Beatles, the poetry of Bob Dylan. Music has that abstract energy that is Difficult to put into words. You feel it, sense it to produce a specific emotional effect.

Education


AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FINE ART

CHICAGO ACADEMY OF FINE ART

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS / SCHOOL OF DESIGN


EXHIBITION

ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM / ROCKFORD, IL 2015

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY / GRAND RAPIDS,MI 2015

ZHOU B. ART EXHIBITIONS / JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS
(SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013 /

LA CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO (SOLO SHOW) / ASCIANO, ITALY 2013

JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013

FIGURE ONE GALLERY (GROUP SHOW), SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF
ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL. 2011

THE ARC GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / CHICACO, IL. 2011

MUSEO CIVICO, PALAZZO PUBLICO (SOLO SHOW) / SIENA, ITALY 2010

JENNIFER NORBACH FINE ARTS (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2010

THE TUCKER GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / EVANSTON, IL. 2008

THE TUCKER GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / EVANSTON, IL. 2006

THE TUCKER GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / EVANSTON, IL. 2005

ILLINOIS CENTER (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2004

ZOLLA-LIEBERMAN (GROUP SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2004

AUSTRALIAN EXHIBITION CENTER (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2002

LYDON FINE ART (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2002

ILLINOIS CENTER (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2001

LYDON FINE ART GROUP SHOW / CHICAGO, IL. 2001

LYDON FINE ART (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL. 2000

SLOANE-JORDAN GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / AUSTIN, TX. 2000

NEW INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION (GROUP SHOW) / WOODSTOCK, NY 1999

WESTMORELAND CENTER OF THE ARTS (GROUP SHOW) / PA 1999

QUINCY ART CENTER (GROUP SHOW) / QUINCY, IL 1999

MARYLAND FEDERATION OF ART (GROUP SHOW) / ANNAPOLIS, MD 1999

NAVARRO COUNCIL OF THE ARTS (GROUP SHOW) / CORSICANA, TX 1999

SLOANE-JORDAN GALLERY (SOLO SHOW) / AUSTIN, TX 1999

LYDON FINE ARTS (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL 1999

OLIN FINE ARTS GALLERY AT WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE (GROUP SHOW) /
WASHINGTON, PA 1998

THE BAKER ART CENTER (GROUP SHOW) / LIBERAL, KS 1998

TUBAC CENTER OF THE ARTS (GROUP SHOW) / SANTA CRUZ, AZ 1998

LYDON FINE ARTS (SOLO SHOW) / CHICAGO, IL 1998


COLLECTIONS

NOVO NORDISK CORPORATION / PRINCETON, NJ

ILLINOIS CENTER / CHICAGO, IL

IRON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INC. / WINNETKA, IL

CHICAGO GROWTH PARTNERS / CHICAGO, IL

BUD AND MIMI FRANKEL FAMILY

HENRY AND ELISABETH FELDMAN FAMILY

KINZIE HOTEL / CHICAGO, IL

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MI.

ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM, ROCKFORD,
ILL.

AVERY CAMERLINGO KILL, CHICAGO, ILL.


Events

Future
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MI. / 2017
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MI. / SEPTEMBER 2016
Museo Civico/Siena,Italy/2010Jennfer Norback Fine Art Gallery, Chicago/2010
JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS (Large Paintings) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013
LA CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO / ASCIANO, ITALY 2013
JENNIFER NORBACK FINE ARTS (Small Paintings) / CHICAGO, IL. 2013
FIGURE ONE GALLERY GROUP SHOW, SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL. 2011
THE ARC GALLERY / CHICACO, IL. 2011
MUSEO CIVICO, PALAZZO PUBLICO / SIENA, ITALY 2010