Brett Murray / Hail to the Thief II

About

Established Cape Town based artist Brett Murray returns to Goodman Gallery Johannesburg with Hail to the Thief II. This body of satirical work continues his acerbic attacks on abuses of power, corruption and political dumbness seen in his 2010 Cape Town show Hail to the Thief. In this sequel show, 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. 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 traveling 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, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, University of South Africa, Sandton Municipality, BHP Billiton Collection, MTN Collection, Sasol Collection, South African Breweries, South African Broadcasting Corporation, The South African Reserve Bank, Vodacom Collection, 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 and son Kai.

Brett Murray

  • Manifesto (Promises Promises Promises)

    Brett Murray

    Manifesto (Promises Promises Promises), 2012

    Metal, paint and gold leaf

    Edition of 3

  • Forward Comrades

    Brett Murray

    Forward Comrades, 2012

    Wood and plastic

  • Mine

    Brett Murray

    Mine, 2012

    Metal, paint, gold leaf, aluminium and resin

    128 x 148 x 15cm

  • The Skeptic

    Brett Murray

    The Skeptic, 2012

    Wood and plastic

    112 x 71 x 4cm

  • Little Prince

    Brett Murray

    Little Prince, 2012

    Bronze

    670 x 510 x 410cm

    Edition of 6

  • Monopoly

    Brett Murray

    Monopoly, 2012

    Wood and plastic

    119.5 x 189.5 x 4cm

  • Polish

    Brett Murray

    Polish, 2012

    Wood and plastic

    91 x 69 x 4cm

  • Chain of Fools (Ubuntu)

    Brett Murray

    Chain of Fools (Ubuntu), 2012

    Metal, gold leaf, aluminium and resin

    96 x 237 x 11.5 cm

  • Rot

    Brett Murray

    Rot, 2012

    Wood and plastic

    120 x 120 x 4cm

  • Enough?

    Brett Murray

    Enough?, 2012

    Metal, paint and gold leaf

    145 x 236 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Forward Comrades

    Brett Murray

    Forward Comrades, 2012

    Silkscreen on cotton rag

    Image size: 38 x 30cm

    Edition of 25

  • Tribal Elder

    Brett Murray

    Tribal Elder, 2010

    Metal, gold and silver leaf, paint

    132.5 x 115.5 x 9.5cm

  • The Wives: Mrs Viva-Viva

    Brett Murray

    The Wives: Mrs Viva-Viva, 2010

    Aluminium, paint, resin

    45 x 29cm

    Edition of 5

  • The Wives: Mrs Kickback

    Brett Murray

    The Wives: Mrs Kickback, 2010

    Aluminium, paint, resin

    45 x 29cm

    Edition of 5

  • The Wives: Mrs Comrade

    Brett Murray

    The Wives: Mrs Comrade, 2010

    Aluminium, paint, resin

    45 x 29cm

    Edition of 5

  • The Wives: Mrs Amandla (sold as a set of 4)

    Brett Murray

    The Wives: Mrs Amandla (sold as a set of 4), 2010

    Aluminium, paint, resin

    45 x 29cm

    Edition of 5

  • Chief

    Brett Murray

    Chief, 2010

    Metal, paint, aluminium, resin, gold leaf

    122 x 118 x 8cm

  • Amandla

    Brett Murray

    Amandla, 2010

    Silkscreen

    100 x 70cm

    Edition of 22

  • Cash is King

    Brett Murray

    Cash is King, 2010

    Silkscreen

    100 x 70cm

    Edition of 25

  • Hail to the Thief

    Brett Murray

    Hail to the Thief, 2010

    Etching

    66 x 67cm

    Edition of 10

  • Glory

    Brett Murray

    Glory, 2010

    Etching

    43 x 43cm

    Edition of 10

  • President

    Brett Murray

    President, 2010

    Silkscreen

    100 x 70cm

    Edition of 22

  • The Struggle

    Brett Murray

    The Struggle, 2010

    Silkscreen

    100 x 70cm

    Edition of 22

  • Persuasion

    Brett Murray

    Persuasion, 2011

    Gold Plated Bronze and Enamel

    Two units: 113 x 65 x 18 mm each

    Edition of 5

  • Power and Control

    Brett Murray

    Power and Control, 2011

    Wood and plastic

    2 elements, each 75 x 75 x 4cm

  • The Chosen Few

    Brett Murray

    The Chosen Few, 2011

    Metal, gold leaf and paint

    140 x 120 x 8cm

  • The Untouchables

    Brett Murray

    The Untouchables, 2011

    Wood and plastic

    200 x 150 x 4cm

  • Tender Party

    Brett Murray

    Tender Party, 2011

    Metal, paint and gold leaf

    158 x 151 x 14cm

  • At the Trough

    Brett Murray

    At the Trough, 2011

    Bronze

    52 x 24 x 32 cm

    Edition of 6

  • Sold

    Brett Murray

    Sold, 2011

    Newsprint

    58 x 41cm

    Edition of 0

  • As Usual

    Brett Murray

    As Usual, 2011

    Wood and plastic

    120 x 90 x 5cm

  • Pop! Go the Populists

    Brett Murray

    Pop! Go the Populists, 2011

    Wood and plastic

    3 elements, each 87.5 x 69 x 4cm

  • Portrait and Self-Portrait (set of 2)

    Brett Murray

    Portrait and Self-Portrait (set of 2), 2010

    Plastic and wood

    23 x 24.5 x 3cm (each)

    Edition of 5

  • Umshini Wam (Diptych)

    Brett Murray

    Umshini Wam (Diptych), 2010

    Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

    86 x 63.5cm & 86 x 50.5cm

  • He's Got Balls

    Brett Murray

    He's Got Balls, 2010

    Aluminium, paint, resin

    49 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • One Party State

    Brett Murray

    One Party State, 2010

    Bronze

    52 x 53 x 57cm

    Edition of 6

  • The Party vs. The People

    Brett Murray

    The Party vs. The People, 2010

    Bronze

    59 x 54 x 81cm

    Edition of 6

  • Militant Youth

    Brett Murray

    Militant Youth, 2010

    Plastic, wood, paint

    170 x 100cm

  • President and Sons

    Brett Murray

    President and Sons, 2010

    Stainless steel

    4.5 x 99.5 x 4.5cm

    Edition of 5

  • Legacy

    Brett Murray

    Legacy, 2010

    Metal, gold and silver leaf

    119 x 66 x 8cm

  • Crown Jewels

    Brett Murray

    Crown Jewels, 2010

    Metal, gold leaf

    157 x 148 x 5cm

  • Hail to the Thief

    Brett Murray

    Hail to the Thief, 2010

    Metal, gold leaf, resin, aluminium

    104 x 119 x 5cm

  • Freedom Charter: Houses and Security

    Brett Murray

    Freedom Charter: Houses and Security, 2010

    Wood, wood veneer

    92 x 66cm

  • Freedom Charter: Law

    Brett Murray

    Freedom Charter: Law, 2010

    Wood, wood veneer

    92 x 66cm

  • Freedom Charter: Peace and Friendship

    Brett Murray

    Freedom Charter: Peace and Friendship, 2010

    Wood, wood veneer

    92 x 66cm

  • Myth, Cash, Cult (set of 3)

    Brett Murray

    Myth, Cash, Cult (set of 3), 2010

    Aluminium, paint, resin

    50 x 27cm (each)

    Edition of 5

  • Tender

    Brett Murray

    Tender, 2010

    Plastic, wood, silver leaf

    110 x 38.5cm

    Edition of 3

  • Corporate Identity

    Brett Murray

    Corporate Identity, 2010

    Stainless steel

    75 x 66cm

    Edition of 5

  • Killed Twice

    Brett Murray

    Killed Twice, 2010

    Plastic, wood, paint

    120 x 120cm