I am a pen & ink artist that creates intricate works on canvas inspired by exploration and travel.
I was born in 1986 near London and ever since I was able to put pen to paper I have had a huge passion for drawing and art. Whether it be from recreating a scene in a movie or just drawing a still life object from within my sights, I love to draw it.
Many artists have influenced me over time, such as Salvador Dali, Matteo Pericoli, Alex Grey, H.R.Giger and my all time favourite, M.C.Escher. His work and the illusions he created had me awestruck and eventually he became one of the biggest inspirations for me in my life.
After finishing High School in 2002, I then went onto taking a National Diploma in Graphic Design, followed by a Higher National Diploma and a Bachelor in Arts in the same field. Although I learned digital design during my time at University, I still preferred to bring in the hand-drawn element to my projects, such as posters, websites and even short movies.
I graduated in 2007 and then worked in different art oriented jobs across Canada for nearly 2 years. Since then I have continued to travel throughout parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, embracing their different cultures and artistic heritage. A lot of my recent work focuses on intricately and intimately capturing the diversity of these continents only to add to my repertoire of artworks.
In 2011, when living in New Zealand, I began distributing my original artworks as well as prints across the nation in galleries and other retail outlets. The subsequent sales of my art to people from all over the world has given me the confidence to distribute globally and regularly exhibit at art fairs in North America, Europe, Middle and Far East Asia.
Now back in the UK, demand for my art continues to grow with a successful sales outlet in the City of Bath, while continuing to showcase at major art shows all over the world. The lifestyle of travel and exploration has afforded me the opportunity to continually evolve and expand my work as an identity that people can relate to. Having my art seen on a much larger scale has allowed me to become a successful international artist.
Many elements within this world bring joy to my heart, and feed me with inspirational ideas. Being a movie fanatic I have a great knowledge and understanding of the industry, and have been contracted to develop storyboards and concept works for motion pictures.
Music plays a big role in my art. The lyrics and sounds from the songs that I enjoy listening to inspire me for many different works. Music also helps to me relax and fully enjoy the process of it.
I love all environments, especially mountains. Their awesome presence before my eyes makes you realise how tiny we are when gazed upon. At the age of 10, I embarked on my first solo adventure to visit my Godfather in Norway. During that memorable week of skiing and hiking, I fell in love with these white capped peaks and gained a great deal of respect for them.
Over time I have explored many mountains in sections of The Alps, The Rockies, The Southern Alps of New Zealand and The Himalayas, and have spent 5 winter seasons of living and working in beautiful resort towns within the mountains. When there isn’t a pen in my hand, then there’s usually a camera instead. There aren’t too many places I go without taking my DSLR along to capture moments, which later sometimes I refer to for inspiration within my artworks.
Jeff Murray ©
Founder and Artist