Judith Murray, The Pleasure of Circulating


I work in oil and acrylic on linen, sculpting paint into abstract compositions. My work relates to the natural world not through representation, but as sensations, formalized by color, brush strokes and scale. Mixing only four base colors–red, yellow, black, and white–I am able to produce an infinite variety of shades and hues. This limited palette has given me a kind of subliminal freedom. I have traveled extensively–from the jungles of South America to the temples of Asia–looking at parallels in crafts and art, and believe these colors represents a primary universal palette, with references to prehistoric painting and aboriginal art around the world. All of my paintings include a vertical bar along the right edge of the canvas, which acts as a visual foil for the rest, a dialogue between two parts, a duet, a response, a personal system.
Artwork Info
Date 2019
Dimensions 96 x 108 inches
Medium Oil and acrylic on linen
Artist Info
Born New York, NY
Works New York, NY and Sugarloaf Key, FL

Reflecting on this Year

I chose to exhibit my painting “The Pleasure of Circulating” because it conveys uplifting happiness, much needed during this difficult time.


Judith Murray (b. 1941, New York City) is an abstract painter based in New York, NY and Sugarloaf Key, FL. Her first solo exhibition was in 1976 at the historic Betty Parsons/Jock Truman Gallery, New York, followed by solo shows at the legendary Clocktower, New York; MoMA PS 1, New York; and Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas. Her paintings have been included in the Whitney Biennial, New York; Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Italy at the Venice Biennale; and over 30 other museum exhibitions worldwide. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections. Murray holds an MFA from the Pratt Institute and has taught and lectured at several universities. Professional memberships include John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Artists’ Fellowship, American Abstract Artists, and the National Academy of Design.