Visual Arts: Drawing & Painting
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A native of Healdton, Oklahoma, Keith Murray graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in art. He went on to attend graduate school at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas for one year. His quest for life “beyond the image” would not find fruition until 1993 when he began studying with classical realist, Kirk Richards, in Amarillo, Texas. For the next six years, Murray faced the daunting task of unlearning much of what he had been taught by the system. It was through this rigorous training that Murray began to find his focus and direction, and his art began to blossom.
Murray's work has been seen in galleries and in a wide array of shows and exhibits. While living in Amarillo, Murray won Best of Show in the prestigious Best of the Southwest show with his apocalyptic still life Day of Reckoning. He was also chosen, with a handful of other artists, to exhibit during a NATO conference held in Amarillo. Murray has additionally had his work exhibited at the Oklahoma State Capitol in a one-man show in the Governor’s Gallery.
Students will learn methods to translate what they see into drawings or paintings more accurately. By starting with presenting concepts like line, form, value, space, and form, Murray gives the student the tools to create better compositions.