About Gwynn Murrill
 

From the Artist

   My primary point of departure when beginning a new piece is the memory of a form that caught my attention; it could be a cat walking through the studio, a coyote jumping from the brush, a ballet dancer casually stretching, or the inferred three-dimensional form of the bodies in a Japanese woodblock print.
   To recreate this imagined form, I begin the sculptural process by reducing blocks of wood or foam to a more recognizable shape. The manifestation of the idea takes on a life of its own which I see through until the end, even if it ends up in a slightly different form from the original imagined one.
I am most well known for my animal forms. As I am surrounded in my daily life by the fauna that inhabit the California countryside, it came naturally that I began to use their lines and shapes as the inspiration for my exploration of form.
   My interest lies in using my chosen subject as a means to create a form that is simultaneously abstract and figurative. I enjoy the challenge of trying and take the form that nature makes so well and to derive my own interpretation of it.


Gwynn Murrill / Born: Ann Arbor, MI USA

1972         University of California, Los Angeles, B.F.A., M.F.A.
 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2016          Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2014          Gwynn Murrill, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
                  Selections From The Studio, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
                  Elizabeth & Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
2013          Murrill Menagerie, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
                  Select Work, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2012          Gwynn Murrill on Avenue of The Stars, Century City, Los Angeles, CA
                  Sixty-Five Animal Maquettes, Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
                  Lux Art Institute, Exhibition and Artist in Residence, Encinitas, CA
2010          Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2009         Maquettes, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
                  Early Wood Sculpture, Santa Monica College, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
                  Selected Cats, Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
2007         Primal Form: The Sculpture of Gwynn Murrill, The Fresno Museum, Fresno, CA
                  Cats, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
                  Birds, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
                  From Classical to Baroque, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2006         Recent Sculpture in Bronze, Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
2005         L.A. Louver, Skyroom, Venice, CA
                  Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2004         Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
                  Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
                  Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2003         New Work, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2002         Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
                  Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2001          Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
2000         Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe. NM
 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016          Art & Spirit, First Congregational Church (curated by Art Division), Los Angeles, CA
2015          Aviarium, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
                  Wild Spirit: Horses in Art, Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA
                  Equinity, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
2014          Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
                  Dog Days of Summer, Frostig Collection, Santa Monica, CA
                  Gwynn Murrill/Raphaëlle Goethals, Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT
                  Venice Under the Influence, curated by Amanda Quinn Olivar, Window Between Worlds (James Beach), Venice, CA
                  Natural Unnatural Supernatural, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
2013          Frostig at Large - The Artists of the Frostig Collection, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA
                  National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, Jackson, WY
                  Local Fish, Ernie Wolfe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
                  Celebrating Two Decades - The Peggy and Eric Lieber Collection and Other Gifts, Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
                  The Animals Look Back at Us, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY
2012          The Big Picture, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
                  Ed’s Party: Spheres of Influence in The L.A. Art Scene, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011           Shatterheads and Gwynn, Two-person show with Ed Moses, Ernie Wolfe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                  Land Use / Misuse: The Celebration and Exploitation of the American Landscape, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
                  Group Show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
                  REAL, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2010          Artist Perspectives, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
                  Kink, Koplin Del Rio, Culver City, CA
                  Malibu Sculpture 2010, Curated by Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Malibu, CA
                  Intimate to Monumental - Contemporary Sculpture,
                  Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
                  5 Tigers on exhibition through 2012, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2009         L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2008         L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
                  California in New York, Curated by Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Hubert Gallery, New York, NY
                  Endangered Species, Santa Monica College, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
                  The Frostig Collection, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA
                  Defining the West; Two Hundred Years of American Imagery, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
2007         day and night, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
                  The Left Coast, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
                  Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists 1980 ~ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                  Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Beverly Hills, CA    
2006         Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art - with 5 Tigers on extended exhibition through 2009,
                  The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
                  The ADAA Art Show 2006, Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
                  Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, The Contemporary Museum at The First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI
                  Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Beverly Hills, CA
                  Gwynn Murrill-Sculpture & Wayne Shimabukuro-Photography, California State University Los Angeles, Fine Arts Gallery,
                  Los Angeles, CA
2005         L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
                  Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Malibu, CA
                  Wilder: A Tribute to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery Los Angeles, 1965-1979, Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
2004         Sculpture, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
                  Free Associations, ARTS Manhattan, Manhattan Beach, CA
2002         Animal Instincts, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
                  Cerritos Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
                  Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Beverly Hills, CA
2001          L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
2000         Representing L.A.: Pictorial Currents in Contemporary Southern California Art, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA;
                  Art Institute of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX (2001); Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (2001)
                  Symbols of Survival: Images of Animals in Recent Sculpture, Dorsky Gallery, New York, NY

Awards:

2014          Featured Artist, Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
2009         Americans For The Arts, Public Art Network, Year in Review Award
2007         Distinguished Woman Artist of The Year, The Fresno Museum Council of 100, Fresno, CA
2002         Good Design Award, The Japan Institute For Design Promotion
1986          John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
1985          National Endowment For The Arts, Individual Artist Grant
1980          Prix di Roma Fellowship, American Academy in Rome
1978           New Talent Purchase Award, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
 

Public Commissions:

2015           First Service Residential, Olinda Ranch, Brea, CA
2008          San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA
                   The Montana, MS Property Company, Pasadena, CA
2006          West L.A. Animal Shelter, Los Angeles, CA
2004          Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Pearson Airport, Toronto
2003          Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
2002          San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA
2001           City of Obihiro, Japan
2000          Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA            
1999           City of Obihiro, Japan
1996           Embassy of the United States of America, Singapore
1994           Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, Rolling Hills, CA
1993           Hugo Neuhaus Jr. Memorial Fountain, Mrs. Hugo Neuhaus, Heritage Park, Houston, TX
1992           Grand Hope Park, City of Los Angeles Community
                   Redevelopment Agency (in collaboration with Lawrence Halpern, landscape artist), Los Angeles, CA
1991            Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing, (in collaboration with Tony Berlant), Los Angeles, CA
1990           City of Culver City, Redevelopment Art Program, Culver City, CA
                   U.S. Bank Plaza, LPT Associates, Sacramento, CA
1989           Ronald Reagan State Building, State of California Arts Commission, Los Angeles, CA

 

Selected Public Collections (In alphabetical order):

City of Brea, CA
City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA
City of Santa Monica, CA
Coldwater Canyon Park, City of Beverly Hills, CA
Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, CA
Home Savings of America, San Francisco, CA
Hyatt Regency Hotels, Tampa, FL
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
L.A. Fitness, The Ratkovich Company Development, Alhambra, CA
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Living Desert Museum, Palm Desert, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Media Studios North, Burbank, CA
National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, Jackson, WY
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Pacific Western Bank (prev. Security Pacific Bank), Los Angeles, CA
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
Princess Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ
Rancho Tapo Community Park, Veterans Memorial, Simi Valley, CA
Salt River Project, Phoenix, AZ
Smalley Sculpture Garden, American Jewish University, Bel-Air, CA
Trammel Crow Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
TransAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Wells Fargo Bank (prev. United Bank of Denver), Denver, CO