Represented by Atlantic Contemporary Art
Dan Murrell is an experienced artist, illustrator and designer. Having worked at The New Statesman for 20 years, he is well known for political satire and photo montage illustrations. He studied fine art at Bath university and has taught life drawing and fine art at many colleges and his work has featured in both the Creative Review and the New Yorker magazines.
We are very pleased to have in the gallery one of Dan's Limited Edition framed prints from his current exhibition 'Exhibit A' featuring the face of Damien Hirst.
An exhibition of new work from Hugh Tisdale and Dan Murrell, comprising 50 heroes and villains, both respected and notorious. Imagine yourself putting on a celebrity mask, looking through another’s eyes, and ask yourself, well, what does lie beneath? You might think of it as a mask that projects virtue or courage – perhaps Harvey Milk or the great Nina Simone – or as the kind of mask, like those worn at Venetian masquerades, that licenses otherwise unorthodox behaviours - the ghoulish, leering Jimmy Savile would be a particularly extreme example.
For all their photorealistic qualities, Dan Murrell’s portraits are in fact intricately hand-crafted pieces, employing careful draftsmanship in pencil or ink, overlaid with watercolour.
There’s plenty of wit in the way subtle differences in technique are used according to the subject – JF Kennedy as a cathode-ray tube image (complete with bullet hole), Debbie Harry in 1980s fanzine style, a pixelated Mohamed Atta. The faces are flattened, of course, but the box frames and lighting give an eerie illusion of a three-dimensional object.
Rich Mix Head of Programming