A concentration is a body of related works that demonstrate a student’s commitment to the thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea. Advanced painters will create a series of related paintings in oil or acrylic, subject matter of their own choosing. (Coastal Landscapes, Alla Prima Still Lifes, etc.) During class, instructor Chris Murray will critique and offer suggestions for improvement. On the last day of class, painters will bring in their completed concentration for a final critique. This is intended as a space for advanced painters to learn and grow along with their peers. Come join some of the best artists in the area and let’s paint! *This class takes place at the same time as Advanced Painting.
This is an advanced class, please use whatever materials/brands you are comfortable with. The supply list is my recommendation for beginning oil painters or painters looking to switch from acrylic to oil.
Christopher R Murray is a fine artist, oil painter, portraitist, illustrator, graphic designer, and concept artist based in the Southeastern US. His style combines the techniques and traditions of the Great Masters with modern cultural and literary influences. He works in oils, digital media, spray paint, charcoal, graphite, and pen and ink. Murray has created cover art and illustrations for historical, science-fiction/fantasy, and children's books published by Horse Creek Publishing, Grandma's Cabin Books, and Author House Free Press, as well as various regional magazines and publications. In 2009, he appeared on NBC News demonstrating spray paint art techniques. His painting "Post-Apocalyptic Landscape II" won the Mobile Press Register CLA award at the 2007 People's Art Show in Mobile, AL and "Ukulele Hell Jamboree" won 1st place in the 2011 Soul Kitchen Music Art Contest. He is often commissioned to paint oil portraits of humans and pets, and has completed various murals and T-shirt designs for Southeastern businesses and organizations. He regularly exhibits at art festivals, conventions, and galleries, currently including the Eastern Shore and Orange Beach art centers. Murray studied painting and art history at The University of South Alabama from 2001 - 2006 and is currently teaching academic drawing and painting classes in Baldwin County. He lives on a pine tree farm on the Alabama Gulf Coast with his wife, two beagles, one cat, four donkeys, two cows, and a horse. When not working on the visual arts, he composes music and gardens.