Ebb & Flow: Explorations in Painting by Herbert Murrie

"The editing process...creating form from chaos...is at the heart of my art, but that involves the exercise of critical judgement, an aspect of creativity. In the beginning of a creative effort, a period of uncertainty is a helpful state of affairs."
- Herb Murrie

Herb Murrie

For over 40 years, Herbert Murrie had a successful advertising and design career based in Chicago. As a result of his artistic upbringing and personal drive, he often returned to the studio in pursuit of a more spontaneous and freeing output. In 1988, Murrie began painting seriously and by the late 1990’s he was exhibiting regularly. Over the next 10 to 15 years evidence of his freed state leapt off the canvas. Controlled manipulation of paint and color bore witness to his understanding of design, while his process of working intuitively noted elements of the artistic movements he grew up with in the mid-20th century.

Like many artists, Murrie often draws back and then returns to work he feels is unfinished. This exhibition examines the ebb and flow of his creative process, while looking back at his painting career and forwards to a new body of work. It includes 26 pieces that span his career as a painter – from 1995 to present. They are drawn out of private collections and the GVSU permanent collection, which includes 16 works that were donated by Herbert and Lisa Murrie in 2015.

Herb Murrie in Studio

Herb Murrie in his studio, 2017

Opening Reception

Thursday, January 18, 5 - 7 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the opening of Ebb & Flow: Explorations in Painting by Herbert Murrie. The artist will be in attendance and catalogs will be available to all visitors.

Participants can create their own painting in a 3D virtual reality experience using Tilt Brush by Google and an HTC VIVE thanks to Atomic Object Technological Showcase who will be onsite.

Additional details may be found here.

Google Tilt Brush

Campus Art Tour

Discover additional works of art by Herb Murrie on GVSU's Allendale campus by visiting our online tour or downloading our Art at GVSU mobile application for Android and Apple devices.


Opening Reception
Thursday, January 18, 5 - 7 p.m.

Explorations in Painting Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 28, 11 a.m. - NOON

New Music Ensemble Composition Competition
Thursday, March 1, 2018 7:30 p.m.

Please go to the Events Page for more information.



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