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Peggy Jane Murray's prints of dogs in kimonos or her samurai cats are beautiful and we immediately fell in love with them when we saw them for the first time. But behind these wonderful compositions there is more than just cuteness.
Peggy Jane Murray began doing artwork that included her dog while she was studying art at California State University at Humboldt in the 1970's. The dog, Bazooka, had saved her from an intruder and the artist began to paint dog monument art pieces. She continued to use her dog as a model while pursuing her master's degree in printmaking at CSU at Chico. Soon the imagery evolved to the point where the artist realized the dog represented herself.
Peggy Murray states that using the animal imagery allows her to explore and express her most intimate feelings about her relationships with the people in her life. Many times the narrative work invites the viewer to formulate his or her own story to relate to the work.
Peggy Murray uses serigraphy to create most of her print work. Serigraphy is a hand-print process in which the artist squeegees ink through a stencil onto paper. The stencil is mounted on a fabric mesh, which is mounted on a wooden frame. Each successive color requires its own stencil and is printed separately. The process may take weeks or months to complete.
Peggy Murray works as a full-time art teacher at Lancaster High Schol in Southern California.
|2000||"Pet Tricks", The Homer Balabanis Gallery, Carnegie Cultural Art Center, CA, Solo Exhibition|
|"Carnegie 2000 Inaugural Exhibition", The Richard Anderson Gallery, Eureka, CA|
|1999||"Reigning Cats and Dogs", Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery "Alumni Exhibition", CSUC, Chico, CA|
|"14th Annual Juried All Media Art Exhibition", Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery|
|1998||"Ancient Influence on Today's Artists - Reflections of the Past", Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery|
|"Cat Samurai: Recent Paintings", James Snidle Fine Arts, Chico, CA, Solo Exhibition|
|1997||"Art Teachers Show", Antelope Valley College, Lancaster|
|"International Print Triennial '97", Krakow, Poland|
|"Peggy Jane Garbutt-Murray", Truchas Gallery, Los Bagels, Eureka, CA, Solo Exhibition|
|"The Eye of the Imagination", Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery|
|"12th Annual Juried All Media Art Exhibition", Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery|
|1996||"All Creatures Great and Small", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA|
|"Desert/Cowboy Art Exhibition", University of Arizona, Sierra Vista, AZ|
Peggy Murrray is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.
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