John Francis Murray

Classical Oil Painter



24 x 30




8 x 10


The Red Robe


14 x 10



John Francis Murray ~ Biography

It is often observed that art mimics nature, but a master work does not simply record the things of the world.  A master work shares an individualzed emotional response.  The paintings of John Francis Murray are this kind of expression.
Drawing inspiration from Post Impressionist artists like Cezanne,  Murray explores classical genres of painting with a modern handling. His still lifes, portraits, landscape and narrative pieces are developed with dynamic strokes and rich impasto. Murray paints his subjects in passages of color establishing a refractive, kaledescopic beauty.
He began his formal artistic training at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. He continued to paint internationally at the John Michael Angel Studio in Florence, Italy and the Repin Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Murray worked for a brief  time for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as part of a collaborative team of banknote designers. Murray has also taught drawing, painting and sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.
Murray has exhibited in many venues including the International Art Expo in New York City, the Strathmore Museum in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he won Best of Show Alumni Award in 2002 and in the “Each One Invites One" exhibition at McBride Gallery in the fall of 2015.
Major commissions include a portrait of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, a religious mural for the Jesuit Chapel at the Georgetown University and historic restoration of the dome of the Hispanic Gala Theater in Washington, DC.

Woman in a Blue Scarf


19 x 17


Sunset in Holland


11 x 15


Cabbage from the Garden


19 x 17


John Francis Murray ~ Selected Awards & Exhibitions

2015 “Each One Invites One” Group Show, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2013 Solo show, Marin Price Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2004 Faculty Exhibit, Academic Tradition, Bridgeview School of Fine Arts,
at Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC.
2002 International Art Expo, New York, NY
2002 Best of Show, Alumni Award, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Detailed Map and Directions to McBride Gallery

215 Main Street Annapolis MD 21401 • 410-267-7077

Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:30, Sunday 12:00 - 5:30, Thursday til 9:00pm