Look Out – Social Landscape Paintings

Marisa Murrow
January 18 – February 17, 2010

The McNish Gallery at Oxnard College presents a solo exhibition of Marisa Murrow’s intimate paintings which explore the shifting social landscape of Los Angeles.

Marisa Murrow’s paintings simultaneously show a sense of freedom and uneasiness. Her aerial perspective compositions do not quite reference an edge to the foreground causing the viewer to loom above ambiguous landscapes. The subjects of Murrow’s paintings range from trailers, telephone wires, trashcans and rooftops; things people want to omit from their stereotypical perspective of oceanfront properties.

Marisa Murrow’s process involves a traditional approach to painting, beginning with thin washes of burnt sienna, then layers of vibrant colors and light specific to Los Angeles. She offers the viewer “a delightful protest to the endless search for connection to nature in this excessively materialistic setting.”

Marisa Murrow received her BFA from the Rhode Islands School of Design. Her work has be exhibited at Schomberg Gallery, Bergamot Station, LA Design Center, California Heritage Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, San Diego Art Institute and the Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills among other venues.


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