Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief
20 November - 08 January 2011
Installation View
Brett Murray
Traditional Weapon, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf
98.5 x 77 x 4cm
Brett Murray
The Party vs. The People, 2010
Bronze
59 x 54 x 81cm
Brett Murray
Fuck All Politicians, 2010
Plastic, wood
117 x 55cm
Brett Murray
The Struggle, 2010
Wood and wood veneer
152 x 113 x 2cm
Brett Murray
The Wives: Mrs Amandla, 2010
Aluminium, paint, resin
45 x 29cm
Brett Murray
President and Sons, 2010
Stainless steel
4.5 x 99.5 x 4.5cm
Brett Murray
Militant Youth, 2010
Plastic, wood, paint
170 x 100cm
Brett Murray
Progress, 2010
Plastic, wood
129 x 99.5cm
Brett Murray
Amandla, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf
150 x 149 x 12cm
Brett Murray
Cash is King, 2010
Silkscreen
100 x 70cm
Brett Murray
Chancellor House, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf, paint
133 x 103 x 7cm
Brett Murray
One Party State, 2010
Bronze
52 x 53 x 57cm
Brett Murray
Julius on Horseback, 2010
Metal, paint, gold and silver leaf
225 x 155 x 4cm
Brett Murray
Forward Comrades!, 2010
Aluminium, paint, resin
48 x 37.5cm
Brett Murray
Hail to the Thief, 2010
Metal, gold leaf, resin, aluminium
104 x 119 x 5cm
Brett Murray
Viva Viva, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf
149 x 147 x 13cm
Brett Murray
Umshini Wam (Diptych), 2010
Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
86 x 63.5cm & 86 x 50.5cm
Brett Murray
Long and Hard, 2010
Engraved plastic, paint, wood
42 x 42cm
Brett Murray
The President, 2010
Silkscreen
100 x 70cm
Brett Murray
The Wives: Mrs Kickback, 2010
Aluminium, paint, resin
45 x 29cm
Brett Murray
Portrait and Self-Portrait , 2010
Plastic and wood
23 x 24.5 x 3cm (each)
Brett Murray
Legacy, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf
119 x 66 x 8cm
Brett Murray
Hail to the Thief, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf
207.5 x 207 x 11cm
Brett Murray
The Wives: Mrs Comrade, 2010
Aluminium, paint, resin
45 x 29cm
Brett Murray
Never a Dull Moment, 2010
Metal, paint, gold leaf
148 x 238 x 12cm
Brett Murray
Tender, 2010
Plastic, wood, silver leaf
110 x 38.5cm
Brett Murray
Freedom Charter: Peace and friendship, 2010
Wood, wood veneer
92 x 66cm
Brett Murray
Freedom Charter: Work and Security, 2010
Wood, wood veneer
92 x 66cm
Brett Murray
Chief, 2010
Metal, paint, aluminium, resin, gold leaf
122 x 118 x 8cm
Brett Murray
He's Got Balls, 2010
Aluminium, paint, resin
49 x 25.5cm
Brett Murray
Hail to the Thief, 2010
Etching
66 x 67cm
Brett Murray
The Wives: Mrs Viva-Viva, 2010
Aluminium, paint, resin
45 x 29cm
Brett Murray
Hello and Goodbye, 2010
Plastic, wood
78.5 x 50cm
Brett Murray
Myth, Cash, Cult (set of 3), 2010
Aluminium, paint, resin
50 x 27cm (each)
Brett Murray
Amandla, 2010
Silkscreen
100 x 70cm
Brett Murray
The Grave Turners (set of 5), 2010
Engraved plastic and paint
13.5 x 95.5cm (each)
Brett Murray
Hold My Hand, I'm a Stranger in Paradise, 2010
Plastic, wood, silver leaf
227 x 154cm
Brett Murray
Freedom Charter: Law, 2010
Wood, wood veneer
92 x 66cm
Brett Murray
Glory, 2010
Etching
43 x 43cm
Brett Murray
Killed Twice, 2010
Plastic, wood, paint
120 x 120cm
Brett Murray
Freedom Charter: Houses and Security, 2010
Wood, wood veneer
92 x 66cm
Brett Murray
Morning Glory, 2010
Metal, silver and gold leaf, paint
78 x 154.5 x 5cm
Brett Murray
Now Playing At a Town Hall Near You, 2010
Plastic, wood
150 x 150cm
Brett Murray
Ubuntu, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf, resin, aluminium, paint
186 x 158 x 15cm
Brett Murray
The Struggle, 2010
Silkscreen
100 x 70cm
Brett Murray
Tribal Elder, 2010
Metal, gold and silver leaf, paint
132.5 x 115.5 x 9.5cm
Brett Murray
Crown Jewels, 2010
Metal, gold leaf
157 x 148 x 5cm
Brett Murray
Corporate Identity, 2010
Stainless steel
75 x 66cm

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief - Installation View

20 November - 08 January 2011

Brett Murray

Traditional Weapon

Brett Murray

The Party vs. The People

Brett Murray

Fuck All Politicians

Brett Murray

The Struggle

Brett Murray

The Wives: Mrs Amandla

Brett Murray

President and Sons

Brett Murray

Militant Youth

Brett Murray

Progress

Brett Murray

Amandla

Brett Murray

Cash is King

Brett Murray

Chancellor House

Brett Murray

One Party State

Brett Murray

Julius on Horseback

Brett Murray

Forward Comrades!

Brett Murray

Hail to the Thief

Brett Murray

Viva Viva

Brett Murray

Umshini Wam (Diptych)

Brett Murray

Long and Hard

Brett Murray

The President

Brett Murray

The Wives: Mrs Kickback

Brett Murray

Portrait and Self-Portrait

Brett Murray

Legacy

Brett Murray

Hail to the Thief

Brett Murray

The Wives: Mrs Comrade

Brett Murray

Never a Dull Moment

Brett Murray

Tender

Brett Murray

Freedom Charter: Peace and friendship

Brett Murray

Freedom Charter: Work and Security

Brett Murray

Chief

Brett Murray

He's Got Balls

Brett Murray

Hail to the Thief

Brett Murray

The Wives: Mrs Viva-Viva

Brett Murray

Hello and Goodbye

Brett Murray

Myth, Cash, Cult (set of 3)

Brett Murray

Amandla

Brett Murray

The Grave Turners (set of 5)

Brett Murray

Hold My Hand, I'm a Stranger in Paradise

Brett Murray

Freedom Charter: Law

Brett Murray

Glory

Brett Murray

Killed Twice

Brett Murray

Freedom Charter: Houses and Security

Brett Murray

Morning Glory

Brett Murray

Now Playing At a Town Hall Near You

Brett Murray

Ubuntu

Brett Murray

The Struggle

Brett Murray

Tribal Elder

Brett Murray

Crown Jewels

Brett Murray

Corporate Identity

Established Cape Town based artist Brett Murray returns with a new body of satirical work that continues his acerbic attacks on abuses of power, corruption and political dumbness. Whereas his last show, Crocodile Tears, sought to parody Mbeki’s still-born African Renaissance, Hail to the Thief uses the populist imagery and language currently in vogue with the present powers that be , to mock and goad. Murray’s bronzes, etchings, paintings and silk-screens form part of a vitriolic and succinct censure of bad governance and are his attempts to humorously expose the paucity of morals and greed within the ruling elite.

Brett Murray studied at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 1989. He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad. From 1991 to 1994 he established the sculpture department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he curated the show Thirty Sculptors from the Western Cape in 1992. In 1995 he curated, with Kevin Brand, Scurvy, at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. That year he co-curated Junge Kunst Aus Zud Afrika for the Hänel Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.

His solo shows include: White Boy Sings the Blues at the Rembrandt Gallery in Johannesburg in 1996, I love Africa at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town in 2000, Us and Them at the Axis Gallery in New York in 2003, Sleep Sleep and Crocodile Tears at the Goodman Galleries in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Murray was included on the Cuban Biennial of 1994, and subsequently his works were exhibited at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany. Brett was included on the group show, Springtime in Chile at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. He was also part of the travelling show Liberated Voices, Contemporary Art From South Africa which opened at the Museum for African Art in New York in 1998. His work formed part of the shows Min(d)fields at the Kunsthaus in Baselland, Switzerland in 2004 and The Geopolitics of Animation at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in Spain in 2007.

He won the Cape Town Urban Art competition in 1998 that resulted in the public work Africa, a 3.5 metre bronze sculpture, being erected in Cape Town’s city centre. He won, with Stefaans Samcuia, the commission to produce an 8 × 30 metre wall sculpture for the foyer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre in 2003. He was nominated as the Standard Bank Young Artist in 2002.

Murray’s work is housed in numerous South African and international collections including Iziko, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg Art Gallery; Durban Art Gallery Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, University of Cape Town, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Sandton Municipality, Johannesburg, BHP Billiton Collection, Johannesburg, MTN Collection, Johannesburg, Sasol Collection, Johannesburg, South African Breweries, Johannesburg, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Johannesburg, The South African Reserve Bank, Johannesburg, Vodacom Collection, Cape Town, Collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn, USA.

Murray is a full-time artist who works in Cape Town, South Africa, where he lives with his wife Sanell Aggenbach and their daughter Lola.

Brett Murray

Brett Murray studied at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 1988 with distinction. The title of his dissertation is ‘A Group of Satirical Sculptures Examining Social and Political Paradoxes in the South African Context’. As an undergraduate he won Irma Stern Scholarships in both 1981 and 1982. He won the Simon Garson Prize for the most Promising student in 1982 and was awarded the Michaelis Prize in 1983. As a postgraduate student he received a Human Sciences Research Council bursary, a University of Cape Town Research Scholarship, the Jules Kramer Grant and an Irma Stern Scholarship.

He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad. From 1991 to 1994 he established the sculpture department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he curated the show ‘Thirty Sculptors from the Western Cape’ in 1992. In 1995 he curated, with Kevin Brand, ‘Scurvy’, at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. That year he co-curated ‘Junge Kunst Aus Zud Afrika’ for the Hänel Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 1999, Brett co-founded, with artists and cultural practitioners Lisa Brice, Kevin Brand, Bruce Gordon, Andrew Putter, Sue Williamson, Robert Weinek and Lizza Littlewort, ‘Public Eye’, a Section 27 company that manage and initiate art projects in the public arena with the aims to develop a greater profile for public art in Cape Town. They have initiated projects on Robben Island, worked with the cities health officials on aids awareness campaigns and initiated outdoor sculpture projects including ‘The Spier Sculpture Biennale’. He curated ‘Homeport’ in 2001 which saw 15 artists create site specific text based works in Cape Town’s waterfront precinct. Public Eye have interfaced with cultural funding bodies as consultants and hosted multi-media events across the city.

Murray was included on the Cuban Biennial of 1994, and subsequently his works where exhibited at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany. He was included on the group show, ‘Springtime in Chile’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. He was also part of the travelling show ‘Liberated Voices, Contemporary Art From South Africa’ which opened at the Museum for African Art in New York in 1998. His work formed part of the shows ‘Min(d)fields’ at the Kunsthaus in Baselland, Switzerland in 2004 and ‘The Geopolitics of Animation‘ at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in Spain in 2007. He won the Cape Town Urban Art competition in 1998 that resulted in the public work ‘Africa’, a 3.5 metre bronze sculpture, being erected in Cape Town’s city centre. He won, with Stefaans Samcuia, the commission to produce an 8 × 30 meter wall sculpture for the foyer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre in 2003. In 2007 he completed ‘Specimens’, a large wall sculpture for the University Of Cape Town’s medical school campus. In 2011 he produced the public artwork ‘Seeds’ for The University of Bloemfontein and in 2013 he was commissioned to produce the 7 meter bronze ‘Citizen’ for the Auto & General Park in Johannesburg.

His solo shows include: ‘White Boy Sings the Blues’ at the Rembrandt Gallery in Johannesburg in 1996, ‘I love Africa’ at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town in 2000, ‘Us and Them’ at the Axis Gallery in New York in 2003 and ‘Sleep Sleep’ at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2006. His solo show, ‘Crocodile Tears’, was held at both the Cape Town and Johannesburg branches of The Goodman Gallery in 2007 and 2009. His recent show, ‘Hail To The Thief’, was first held at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town in 2010, and then at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2012. He was nominated as the Standard Bank Young Artist of the year in 2002.