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Wil Murray

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Calgary, Canada

Birth year

Lives in

Works in


Alberta College of Art and Design, 2001

Representing galleries

conceptual, abstract, photography, sculpture, pop, mixed-media


Wil Murray was born in Canada in 1978; he studied painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

He has exhibited extensively in North America, including  MOCCA(Toronto), The National Gallery of Canada(Ottawa)The Power Plant(Toronto), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal(Montréal). In 2008 he exhibited GRREEDEN(with Justin Evans) and curated the exhibition Painting: Thick & Thin with Wayne Baerwaldt for the Sled Island Festival in Calgary. He received an honourable mention in the prestigious 2008 RBC Painting Competition for his painting, Sexe Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac. He was most recently chosen by Amir Fattal for the Atelier project at The Funkhaus, Berlin.

Murray also played in several notoriously loud and short-spoken experimental bands, including The American Deathfuckers and Black Black.

He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Last Week I Will Have A 1:8 Conversation With Wil Murray: An Interview With Wil Murray by Elvia Pyburn-Wilk


Wil Murray, wurde 1978 in Kanada geboren.

Er studierte Malerei am „Alberta College of Art & Design“.

Im Rahmen vielzähliger Ausstellungen in Nordamerika konnte er seine Arbeiten u.A. bereits im „MOCCA“ (Toronto), „The National Gallery of Canada“ (Ottawa), „The Power Plant“ (Toronto), und im „Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal“ (Montréal) präsentieren.

Für das Sled Island Festival in Calgary leitete er 2008 gemeinsam mit Justin Evans die Ausstellung „GRREEDEN“ und kuratierte mit Wayne Baerwaldt die Ausstellung „Painting:Thick&Thin“.

In der „RBC Painting Competition 2008“ belegte Wil Murray mit seinem Werk „Sexe Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac“ den zweiten Platz und erhielt von den Wettbewerbs-Juroren hierfür die Ehrenauszeichnung.

Erst kürzlich wurde er von Amir Fattal eingeladen an dem Atelier-Projekt im Funkhaus Berlin teilzunehmen.

Des Weiteren war Murray Mitglied diverser notorisch lauter und eher kurzlebiger Experimental Bands wie „The American Deathfuckers“ und „BlackBlack“.

Zur Zeit lebt und arbeitet er abwechselnd in Montreal und Berlin

Selected Solo & Split Exhibitions

2011 – Last Summer I Build A 1:8 Scale Model of Your Vagina Staatgalerie Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

2011 – I Hate Your Language, You Hate Your Language Skew Gallery, Calgary

2009 – We Pet Your Cat To Death?. Galerie PUSH. Montréal

2009 – This Haunted House Is Not A Haunted Home. Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

2008 – Why I Am Not A Painter. Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa

2008 – GRREEDEN. with Justin Evans. Presented at Sled Island Festival, curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, Illingworth Kerr Gallery. Calgary

2008 – The Strange Space That Will Keep Us Together. Belkin Satellite Gallery. Vancouver

2007 – Strawberry Alarmist Talk Radio. Loop Gallery. Toronto

2006 – All Dressed Up Like A Little Man. Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Ottawa

2005 – Fated Feted Fatted Fetid. Zeke’s Gallery. Montréal


Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 – Art Chicago, Exhibiting with Skew Gallery. Chicago

2011 - Soft Core/ Hard Edge. Curated by Marianne Elder and David Pagel. Claremont University Gallery

2011- PAPIER 11 Fair, Exhibiting with Galerie PUSH, Montreal

2011– Little Black Book The Drake Hotel, Toronto

2010 – The Triumph Of The Theraupeutic, Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Ottawa

2010 – Pushing The Edge, Diane Farris Gallery. Vancouver

2010 – Soft Core/ Hard Edge. Curated by Marianne Elder and David Pagel. Art Gallery of Calgary

2010 – Extreme Painting Rene Blouin Gallery, Montreal

2009 – Scope Miami Art Fair, Exhibiting with Michael Gibson Gallery, Miami

2009 – Esse Magazine 25th Anniversary Exhibition & Auction. Musée Des Beaux Arts De Montréal

2009 – Art Toronto International Art Fair. Presented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery and Galerie PUSH.                    Toronto

2008 – Magenta Carte Blanche, Vol. 2: Painting Exhibition. Curated by David Liss & Clint Roenisch. MOCCA, Toronto

2008 to 2009 – RBC Painting Competition Touring Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; Power Plant Gallery, Toronto; Museum London; The Rooms, St. John’s; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

2008 – Portrayal. Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

2007 – Songs of The Apocalypse. Curated by David Liss. Art Mûr Gallery, Montréal

2006 – New Painters: Abstractions and Distractions. Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Ottawa

2005 – RBC Canadian Painting Competition Touring Exhibition

MOCCA, Toronto; St. Mary’s University Gallery, Halifax; Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver; Galerie Sussex, Ottawa

2004 – 5 Painters Exhibition. Curated by Jeremy Todd. Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver



1997-2000 Alberta College of Art and Design: Painting/ Drawing Major


Curatorial Projects

2008 - Painting: Thick and Thin Exhibition. Illingworth Kerr Gallery & Glenbow Museum, Calgary


2010 – Soft Core/ Hard Edge Exhibition Catalog

2010 – Simpleposie Essays and Pictures by Jennifer McMackon. Toronto

2009 – L’Excentrique, Le Punk et L’Estropié by Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf, “We Pet Your Cat To Death?” Exhibition Catalog

2008 - Carte Blanche, Vol. 2: Painting. Essay by Clint Roenisch. The Magenta Foundation, Toronto.

2008 – RBC Painting Competition: Ten Years Book

2008 – The Strange Space That Will Keep Us Together Exhibition Catalog. Essay by Jacqueline Mabey

2007 – Machines Molles Exhibition Catalog. Essay by Marie-Douce St. Jacques

2004 - 5 Painters Exhibition Catalog. by Jeremy Todd & Erin Sheehan. Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver.

2004 - A Conversation with Wil Murray by Jeremy Todd. Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver

Recent Exhibits

Wil Murray participated in these exhibits:

May, 2014 Die Welt in Farben
p|m Gallery
Nov, 2013 POTSE 68
Circle Culture Gallery
May, 2013 XSTRACTION - A survey of new approaches in abstraction
The Hole NYC
Feb, 2013 Go Figure
p|m Gallery
Funkhaus Nalepastrasse Berlin
Mar, 2012 Doctor, Doctor Every Night I Dream Your Investigation My Notion
Slam Gallery
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