Ben Murray is an American visual artist. He earned his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013, and his BFA from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis in 2011. He was a 2014 Artist In Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, and a 2012 MFA Resident at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan.
Ben Murray’s atmospheric images depict banal objects as transformed by the effects of memory, mood and painterly improvisation. Murray often presents large-scale oil paintings, posing as vernacular symbols of experience from the artist’s suburban Indiana hometown, the land formerly known as Centerville. His paintings and works on paper display the layering of attempts to claim images in stages of constant flux. Placing the memory-derived work in the context of various historical settings, the Murray intends to acknowledge the complicated relationships that image-making within painting has and can have for how we see and edit the past.