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    22.05.19 Michael Muir in the Sunday Mail

    Michael Muir has been featured in the ‘U on Sunday’ section in The Sunday Mail magazine.

    Writer Fiona Purdon interviewed Muir about his recent travels through Italy and how this inspired the paintings in his upcoming exhibition, Proximity.

    Please click here to read the article.

    28 May – 15 June
    Jan Murphy Gallery

    Image credit: Michael Muir  Photo: Noah Muir


    20.12.18 Michael Muir in Parliament House Art Collection

    Congratulations to Michael Muir’s, whose work, Hidden in the summer 2018, has been acquired by the Parliament House Art Collection in Canberra.

    For more information on the Parliament House Art Collection, please click here.

    Image credit: Michael Muir   Hidden in the summer   2018   oil on linen   137.5 x 168.0 cm


    02.10.18 Michael Muir at Macquarie University Art Gallery

    Michael Muir is in Mirror Mirror: Portraits from the collection at Macquarie University Art Gallery in northern Sydney.

    The exhibition features portraits from the Macquarie University Art Collection of faces both familiar and unfamiliar. Other featured artists include John Brack, Russell Drysdale, Margaret Olley and Judy Watson.

    Mirror Mirror: Portraits from the collection
    Macquarie University Art Gallery
    2 October – 12 November 2018

    For more information, please click here.


    17.02.18 Michael Muir Finalist in Muswellbrook Art Prize 2018

    Michael Muir is a finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2018 for his work Hidden in the summer 2018.

    This year’s prize will be judged by Tracey Cooper-Lavery, Gallery Director, Gold Coast City Gallery. The Muswellbrook Art Prize offers a non-acquisitive $50,000 painting prize, which is awarded on the opening night, Saturday 10 March.

    Muswellbrook Art Prize 2018
    Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
    11 March – 6 May 2018

    For more information, please click here.


    04.02.17 Michael Muir in Art Collector

    Michael Muir features in Art Collector’s 50 Things Collectors Need to Know 2017 in their January – March publication.

    Michael will have a new solo exhibition at the gallery commencing in June 2017.

    To read the Art Collector article, please click here.

    Image credit: Michael Muir   Treasures in the ocean   2016   oil on linen   137.0 x 122.0 cm


    16.07.16 Michael Muir finalist in Kilgour Prize 2016

    Michael Muir has been shortlisted as a 2016 finalist in the annual Kilgour Prize at the Newcastle Art Gallery. As one of Australia’s major art prizes, the Kilgour Prize awards a $50,000 prize for the most outstanding figurative or portrait painting.

    The prize honours the late Jack Noel Kilgour, a respected Australian artist whose academic approach to landscape and portrait painting saw his works represented in the Newcastle Art Gallery collection as well as other significant state and national collections.

    In 2016, the prize will be judged by Lauretta Morton, Manager, Newcastle Art Gallery, and two independent judges.

    Michael Muir’s shortlisted work is a self-portrait of the artist.

    Kilgour Prize 2016
    Newcastle Art Gallery
    27 August – 13 November 2016

    For more information please click here

    Image credit: Michael Muir   self portrait with painting   2016   oil on canvas   107.0 x 107.0 cm


    10.06.16 Michael Muir in Art of Music 2016

    Michael Muir has made a new work to be auctioned for the 2016 Art of Music charity auction at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    Presented by musician Jenny Morris, Art of Music combines the worlds of art and music and sees artists create unique original artworks inspired by iconic Australasian songs. All works are auctioned at a gala dinner with proceeds going to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, a charity that uses music in interactive therapy sessions to assist people with physical and psychological disabilities.

    Michael Muir has chosen to create a work inspired by The Cruel Sea’s track Orleans Stomp. 

    Other featured artists include Lucy Culliton, Alex Seton, Guy Maestri, Michael Muir, Joan Ross, Nicholas Harding and Christian Thompson, who have each created their own musically inspired work. Ben Quilty has painted a portrait of Morris, and Stan Yarramunua has created a hand crafted didgeridoo.

    Art of Music 2016
    Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Saturday 18 June
    Artwork viewing 6:30pm, Dinner & Auction 7:00pm

    For more information on Art of Music please click here 

    To purchase tickets please click here 

    Image credit: Michael Muir   Orleans Stomp   2016   oil on linen   137.0 x 122.0 cm


    09.12.15 Day Nine: Twelve Days of Christmas 2015

    Michael Muir   Secret chord   2015   oil on linen  66.0 x 66.0 cm   SOLD

    Michael Muir is renown for his landscapes that evoke a sense of nostalgia and playfulness through his use of flattened perspective, muted colours and engaging scenes. In producing his artworks he skillfully uses a palette knife to convey his narratives, which are often inspired by his personal family life.

    Secret chord 2015 continues his exploration of perception and judgement within the painting and out in the real world. Muir states:

    “Initially the work was much more abstract and simplified which mimicked my children’s outlook on their immediate environment. As they grow and age my work is becoming more figurative”

    Enquire to purchase via email: enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au or call (07) 3254 1855


    09.09.15 Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize 2015

    JMG represented artists Robert Malherbe, Michael Muir and Marina Strocchi were all finalists in the 2015 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize.

    Works from all finalists are now on display in the foyer at Waterfront Place 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane for a public exhibition until Friday 18 September 2015.

    Image credit: Michael Muir   Against the fence   2015   oil on linen   91.0 x 91.0 cm


    15.07.15 Michael Muir in Wynne Prize 2015

    Michael Muir is a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2015 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for his oil painting Through the circle 2015.

    The exhibition of finalists works will run from 18 July until 27 September.

    Read more about Michael’s artwork here


    16.04.15 Michael Muir in The Sunday Mail

    Michael Muir’s exhibition Slush Fable at JMG was recently covered in The Sunday Mail on 5 April 2015.

    Please click here to read the article written by U on Sunday writer, Fiona Purdon.

    Image credit: Michael Muir   Stars that bind   2015   oil on linen   137.0 x 167.0 cm


    Day Three: 12 Days of Christmas

    Michael Muir   Wake up   2014   oil on linen   91.0 x 91.0 cm   SOLD

    This particular work continues to explore the narrative element within Michael’s work, with a subtle focus on perception and judgement. This could be equally about paint surface as it is personal reflection.

    This work has now been sold, please email the gallery to secure a preview for Michael’s exhibition in 2015 at enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au


    11.10.14 The Guardian

    Michael Muir   On the journey   2014   oil on linen   137.0 x 167.0 cm

    Michael Muir has a feature in Guardian focusing on his upcoming exhibition in Perth at Moana Art Space.

    Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane present Under Water, Sydney based Michael Muir’s first Perth exhibition. Muir’s work is often inspired by his personal experiences while traveling. The father of three young boys, he gets to re-live his memories of the quintessential beach holiday through his children.Perception and judgement are also key when considering Muir’s work.

    Viewed from afar the works look flat, however upon closer reflection texture is revealed. This discord is deliberate, allowing the artist to portray hard edges of interlocking and tonal colours in order to flatten the picture plain.

    Exhibition runs from 22-26 October at Moana Project Space, Perth.

    Please click here to access the full article.


    01.08.14 Winner, 2014 Mosman Art Prize

    Michael Muir pictured with his winning work ‘Past the stacks’

    Congratulations to Michael Muir for winning the 2014 Mosman Art Prize.

    Read more about the prize here. 



    Congratulations to Michael Muir who has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Mosman Art Prize for his work ‘Past the stacks’

    Please click here for more information on the prize.


    12.07.14 Finalist, 2014 Wynne Prize

    Michael Muir   Where secrets lie   2014   oil on linen   137.0 x 167.0 cm

    Congratulations to Michael Muir who has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Wynne Prize. Michael says:

    This painting is part of a body of work where I continue to explore my love for water, in particular the ocean, which in turn segues into memories of proximity to the sea. The work is based loosely on an area on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. However, colour and composition tend to take over, making the area a suggestion of place rather than a specific location – Michael Muir, 2014

    Please click here for further details on the exhibition.



    Michael Muir   Living Reflection   2014

    Congratulations to Michael Muir who is a finalist in the 2014 City of Albany Art Prize for his pictured work, Living Reflection.



    Michael Muir   Sail home (portrait of Yhan Leal)   2014

    Michael Muir’s work Sail home (portrait of Yhan Leal) has been included as a finalist in the 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Prize. The image is a portrait of Michael’s friend Yhan Lee who is a musician, the image also features as album art for Yhan’s EP.  Please follow this link to more information on the 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Prize. If you would like to know more about Yhan Leal’s music, you can click through to his website here.


    06.03.14 Michael Muir in Design Files

    Muir featured in a recent post by Design Files. The interviewer speaks about his ritual of surfing and how that feeds back into his work.

    Michael Muir’s paintings are flattened-out picture planes, dominated by solid, thickly applied colour blocks in a consistent muted palette. The work is in large part autobiographical, referencing Michael’s own childhood, and simultaneously that of his three sons.  I’m trying to see my surroundings in a simpler form’ he explains below. These are pictures that tell the story of a new contemporary Australian landscape – depicting streetscapes, architecture and plant life which appear distinctly Australian, and always seem somehow vaguely familiar.

    Michael’s work is highly collectible these days – he’s been included in countless major award shows including the prestigious Sulman Prize, and has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. His latest body of work will be on show next month at Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne. Entitled ‘Corner Shops’, this exhibition continues Michael’s ongoing exploration of colour and composition, and draws on themes relating to journey and destination. (Taken from the Design Files)

    Read the full interview here.



    After his sell out show at JMG in May 2013, Muir has continued a rigorous painting regime in his studio on Sydney’s northern beaches. Drawing inspiration from his environment, Muir has been on a recent overseas vacation photographing the landscape and built environment for his future shows.


    Michael drawing with his kids in the studio, photo courtesy Carine Thevenau for the Design Files

    Work in progress, image courtesy the Design Files


    12.08.12 Art Collector Interview with Michael Muir


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