Dear Art Lovers,
Announcing a show about surroundings!
Starting SATURDAY, JULY 11, see meditations on the landscape by
Dennis Austin Reid
Murray McFarlane is a self-taught painter — he began when he was a teenager in the 1960s, but opted to study theology at McGill, receiving his ordination from the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada in 1976.
McFarlane did not exhibit his work until 1981, and in the late 1980s he took a three year leave from his ministry in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, to rebuild his maternal grandparents home in Holtville, in the Upper Miramichi Area, and establish a studio there. His practice intensified in 2008 when he retired from the clergy.
The influence of the Group of Seven, especially Tom Thompson, is apparent in this work. You can see traces of the same reddish brown base Thompson used in his epic landscapes, as well as the same painterly appreciation of natural depth and proportion. McFarlane’s pieces are luminous — he has an advanced understanding of light and how to render it with his materials.
Murray McFarlane has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New Brunswick, has completed several public and corporate commissions, and his work can be found in the New Brunswick Art Bank.