Artist Kevin Murray has lived, loved and painted the Roman scene for many decades. Although an Irish artist of Australian-British education he is fully inserted into the solar culture of classical Rome, Byzantine Ravenna and the Tuscan Renaissance.
The old Italian stereotype applied to many English of the Grand Tour “Inglese italianato, diavolo incarnato “ does not apply to him, although the years in Rome have given him a love for the Mediterranean lifestyle including good food, wine of the Castelli and la dolce vita .
All of these aspects are visible in the still live paintings on view at the artist’s annual open house at Studio Minerva on June 22nd .
Murray’s many friends and followers will be able to find evocations of the glory days of the Roman trattoria of the 1960s and 70s as well as terrace views and monuments of his beloved Trastevere and the Roman campagna.
In the 1960s-80s Kevin Murray divided his time between teaching and painting. Inspiration for many of the still lifes in the exhibit came from weekend jaunts to the Castelli Romani or the villages in Etruscan Tuscia on his trusty Vespa.
The rustic white jugs holding flowers were purchased from rigattieri in Umbria and Tuscany before these areas became fashionable.
Murray’s paintings reflect the laid back lifestyle in central Italy during those years . He shares his trattoria lunches with us : the table set with a carafe of house wine, a steak or fish and salad .
Objects collected during the artist’s Roman years encapsulate precious memories : an antique wooden candlestick, a Deruta plate, a handwoven arazzo tapestry.
exhibit of still life paintings by Kevin Murray
June 22, 2018
Studio Minerva, Via Pietro Micca , 6, Rome
See also "The Roman Jewels of Kevin Murray" on this blog