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Gwynn Murrill Works Biography

Gwynn’s work bridges figurative and abstract sculpture. Her animal figures serve as points of departure for the exploration of form, becoming vessels, which reduced to their most basic lines and shapes, elegantly echo the essence of her subject.

GWYNN MURRILL RESUME

Born:       June 15, 1942. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Education:    MFA University of California, Los Angeles, 1972

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016        TBD, 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”, LA 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”, LA Louver, Venice, CA

2006       “Recent Sculpture in Bronze”, Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

2005       LA Louver, Skyroom, Venice, CA

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2004       Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2003       “New Work”, LA Louver, Venice, CA

2002       Lux Art Institute, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2001       Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

2000       Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe. NM

1999       Dennis Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998       “Sculptures in Bronze”, Joan Washburn, New York, NY

1997       Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1996       Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

1995       Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

1994       Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993       Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

1992       Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

1991       Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990       Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Rutgars Barclay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1989       Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA

1988       Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID

1987       John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985       Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983       Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1982       Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1981       Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1980       University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1979       Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

1977       Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1975       Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, CA

Edward Thorp Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

1972       Rico Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011       “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 2011, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

2009       LA Louver, Venice, CA

2008       LA Louver, Venice, CA

“California in New York”, Curated by Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts,Hubert Gallery, NYC, NY

“Endangered Species”, Santa Monica College, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery,

Santa Monica, CA

“Defining the West; Two Hundred Years of American Imagery”, Gerald Peters Gallery –

Dallas, Dallas, TX

2007       “Day and Night”, LA Louver, Venice, CA

“The Left Coast”, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA

“Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists1980-2006”, Los Angeles

Municipal Art Gallery

Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Beverly Hills, CA

2006       “Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art”,        5 Tigers on extended exhibition

through 2009,The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

“The ADAA Art Show 2006”, Joan 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       LA Louver, Venice, CA

Carl Schlosberg Exhibitions Inc., Malibu, CA

“Wilder: A Tribute to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery Los Angeles, 1965-1979”, Joan T.

Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

2004       “Sculpture”, LA 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       LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

             Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

The Albuquerque Museum, NM

2000       Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2000       Dorsky Gallery, New York, NY

1999       Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

“Portraiture: Front, back & in-between”, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

1998       LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997       The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

“Bugs, Beasts, Birds and Creatures of The Water”, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery,

Santa Monica, CA

1995       Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Gallery Dedication, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art

Museum, Wausau, WI

1994       Wildlife, California Center for the Arts Center, Escondido, CA

26 Artists, Freisen Gallery, Seattle, WA

The Art Cup (organized by Betty Asher), Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1993       “Menagerie”, O’Malveny & Meyers, Los Angeles, and Hines Partnership, San Francisco, CA

“Inadvertently”, Asher Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Malibu International Sculpture Exhibition, Malibu, CA

“Zooid”, Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV

1992       “Mind and Beast: Contemporary Artist and the Animal Kingdom”, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

1991       “Individual Realities”, Saison Museum of Art, Tokyo, Tsukashin Hall, Osaka, Japan

“American Birdhouse”, San Francisco International Airport, Esprit Sculpture Garden,

San Francisco, CA

1990       “Outdoor Sculpture”, Esprit Sculpture Garden, San Francisco, CA

1989       “The Private Works of Public Artists”, Gallery at the Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

“The Magical Mystery Tour”, Long Beach Museum of Art,   Long Beach, CA

1988       Group Sculpture Exhibition, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Sculpture Works in Bronze, Carl Schlosberg Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

1987      “Animals”, Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, CA

Curators’ Choice: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art,

Long Beach, CA

Scott Hansen Gallery, New York, NY

“Gold”, Maloney Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • “Present Perspective: 1975-85”, Fresno Art Center, Fresno, CA

“Sculpture and Works in Relief, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985       “Magical Mystery Tour”, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park,

Hollywood, CA

“Statements in Wood”, California State University, Northridge, CA

“Art in the Valley”, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles, CA

1984       “Wood Renditions”, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA

“You’ve Gotta Have Art”, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

1983       Young Talent Award: 1963-1983, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1982       “Contemporary Californians VIII”, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

“Relationships: 8 Artists/8 Viewpoints”, Palos Verdes Community Art Association,

Palos Verdes, CA

1980       Fellows Exhibition, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

“Three Creative Wood Carvers”, Palos Verdes Art Association, Palos Verdes, CA

1979       Robert Bassler, Gwynn Murrill, John Okulik, Conejo Valley Art Museum Thousand Oaks, CA

“Six in Wood”, The Art Center, Cultural Arts Center Veterans Memorial Park, Sylmar, CA

1978       “Seven Colorists”, Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College Claremont, CA

1977       “Private Images Photographed by Sculptors”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

1976       “L.A. Eight”, Painting and Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1975       Ellie Blankfort Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1974       Gwynn Murrill and Judy Phaff, Artist Space, New York, NY

 

AWARDS

2009       Public Art Network, Year in Review Award

2007       Distinguished Woman Artist of The Year,

The Fresno Museum Council of 100, Fresno, CA

1986       John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

1985       National Endowment Individual Artist Grant

1980       Prix di Roma Fellowship, American Academy in Rome

1978       New Talent Purchase Award, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

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

2001       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 (with Lawrence Halpern, landscape artist), Los Angeles, CA

1991       Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing, (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

City of Brea, CA

City of Hope, Duarte, CA

City of Santa Monica, CA

Coldwater Canyon Park, City of Beverly Hills, CA

Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, CA

Home Savings of America, San Francisco, CA

Hyatt Regency Hotels, Tampa, FL

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

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

Media Studios North, Burbank, 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

Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA

Trammel Crow Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

TransAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, CA

Wells Fargo Bank (prev. United Bank of Denver) Denver, CO

 

SELECTED INTERNET LINKS

Gwynn Murrill, https://www.murrillsculpture.com

Winfield Gallery, https://wfield.wpengine.com/artists/gwynn-murrill/

Louver, Venice, CA, https://www.lalouver.com/html/murrill_bio.html

Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID, https://www.gailseverngallery.com/artists_details.cfm?ID=79

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, https://www.gpgallery.com/works/search/165

City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency,

https://www.crala.org/internet-site/Other/Art_Program/artist_list/gwynn_murrill.cfm

International Sculpture Center https://www.sculpture.org/portfolio/sculptorPage.php?sculptor_id=1001374

Artnet, https://www.artnet.com/artist/12313/gwynn-murrill.html

Greater Toronto Airports Authority, https://www.gtaa.com/en/travellers/airport_information/art__exhibits/

 

SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2011       Richard Chang, “reviews: national”, ‘REAL’, ARTnews. February 2011, p. 114

2010       Suzanne Guldimann, “Civic Center Installation…”, Malibu Surfside News,

June 17, 2010. p. 11

Roberta Carrasso, “Deconstructing The Wild”, Coast Magazine, February 2010, pp128~129

2009   Susan Braudy, “Jennifer Jones: Oscar Glory but No Hollywood Ending”, Vanity Fair Movie Blog, vanityfair.com, December 12.

Leah Ollman, “The emergence of a sexual side”, L.A. Times, October 30, 2009, p. D11

Gary Henry Palmer, “Gwynn Murrill’s Maquettes”, campuscircle.com, Culture: Art,

October 20, 2009

The Argonaut, “Wood Creatures – Gwynn Murrill – Early Wood Sculpture”,

August 27, 2009. p. 13

Santa Monica Mirror, “Early Wood Sculpture”, August 13~19, 2010. p.29

Sean Martinfield, CROUCHING SPIDER – The City Bids Farewell To Favorite Arachnid On

Friday, April 24th, SanFranciscoSentinel.com April 19, 2009.

Erin Clark, “Taking Flight”, ARTWORKS, Spring 2009, p. 66~72

2008       Kevin Felt, Bighorn sculpture finds footing in Pasadena, Pasadena Star-News,

May 6, 2008. A1

Peter Frank, Animal Spirits, LA Weekly, ART+BOOKS. March 5, 2008

2007       Christopher Hume, “Bright and airy, it takes flight”,       The Toronto Star. www.thestar.com

Jan. 27, 2007

2006       “Artnet News”, www.artnet.com. Mar.14, 2006

2005       Brian Triplett, “Ungallery: Look around and be enlightened” The Los Angeles Times.

JulY 28, 2005. p. E.14

Pam Linn, A marriage of art and nature. The Malibu Times, June 23, 2005. p.B.1

2004       Around The Galleries, Part I. Los Angeles Times. July 30, 2004

2003       Artist captures cheetah’s sleek form in bronze. Los Angeles Times, Calendar:

California Classroom. July 1, 2003.

2002       Michael Duncan, A New look at Nadelman. Art in America. April, 2002

Robert L. Pincus, In Encinitas, singular pleasures. Art Scene, The San Diego Union Tribune

July 28, 2002. p.F3

2001       A Learning Link to the Norton Simon Museum. Los Angeles Times, Calendar: California

Classroom. July 5, 2001.

Mario Naves, Mother Nature & Her Deer Sculptures. New York Observer, Jan. 2001

2000       Lynn Cline, Welcome to the Forest. Pasatiempo Magazine, March Wesley, Pulkka, The

Nature of Reality and the Reality of Nature. Journal North, March

1997       M. Lindsay Bierman, New Edition. Interior Design. March 1997, p.145~152

Ann Jarmusch, Art Alfresco, San Diego Union Tribune. April 13, 1997. p. H.13

1995       Sally Eauclaire, Gwynn Murrill, Transcendent Contours. Southwest Magazine, November

John A. Parks, Simplifying Form. American Artist Magazine, March

1994       Jonathan Saville, “Yes, Yes But What’s That About Dogs Not Being Magic?” Art Calendar.

San Diego Reader, February 3

1993       Marcia Williamson, A capital collection of public art – public art in Sacramento, California.

Sunset Magazine. March 1993

1992       Peter Clothier, Animal Magnetism. Artspace Magazine, Jan.-April, p. 46-47

1990       Suvan Geer, Review. Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1990

1989       Peter Clothier, Gwynn Murrill: Animal Magnetism. Angeles Magazine, August,

1988       Los Angeles’ astonishing art-everywhere scene. Sunset Magazine, November, (p 89-97)

1987       Barnaby Conrad III, Los Angeles: The New Mecca. Horizon Magazine of the Arts, Jan-Feb

William Wilson, Everything New Is New Again. The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 27, Pt. VI, p. 1

1985       Peter Clothier, GWYNN MURRRILL at Asher/Faure. L.A. Weekly, May 17, p. 63

Suzanne Muchnic, Review. The Los Angeles Times, April 26, Part VI, P. 4.

Diana Rico, Review. Los Angeles Daily News, February 24, p.19

William Wilson, Whimsical Animals Fit the Season. The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, p. 6

1984       Mac McCloud, The Richness of Wood. Art Week, March 10, p.3

Architectural Digest Visits Johnny Carson. Architectural Digest, Oct., p. 147

1983       Peter Clothier, The Galleries. Art in America, November, p. 253

Suzanne Muchnic, The Galleries. The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 2

Melinda Wortz, The Galleries. Art News, November

1982       Suzanne Muchnic, Murrill Explores Other Dimensions. The Los Angeles Times,

February 19, Part VI, p. 13

1981       William Wilson, The Galleries. The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 16

1979       William Wilson, Art Walk. The Los Angeles Times, Mar. 31

1977       The Collectors. Architectural Digest, March

Henry Seldis, Art Walk. The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16

1976       Sandy Ballatore, Eight Los Angeles Artists. Artweek, May 1

Nancy Marmer, The Dark Under Side. Artforum Magazine, Summer

1975       B. Howell, Varied Sections Assembled at Newport Harbor Gallery. Los Angeles

Herald Examiner

1975       A. McLaughlin, Life, like her Creations, is many-sided. News Chronicle, Sept. 28

Henry Seldis, Los Angeles. Art International, XVI Summer 6-7

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