13 July - 13 August 2005
Murray's new body of work includes large-scale portraits of a number of African leaders, including United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan. Murray was attracted to painting Annan's portrait "because he is supposed to be the ultimate middleman, a symbol of independence and fairness". The portrait reflects a quiet and dignified statesman, painted in a monumentalised fashion, and once again given a sculptural quality with the addition of a cut-out painted steel frame. Murray will also present charcoal drawings based on newspaper photographs and exploring the subtlety of interactions between African politicians. The title of his exhibition, 'Africa for Africans', is taken from a two-panel text work that also proclaims, 'The rich get richer'.
Murray was born in 1973 and graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996. He undertook a residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam in 2003, and has also participated in Thupelo and Triangle workshops in Cape Town and New York. This is his second exhibition at Michael Stevenson.
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