About Featured Artist: Murray Smith
Still life and landscape oil painter, Murray Smith, is a graduate of the High School of Art and Design, and attended both The Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He also studied with master painter, John Phillip Osborne, for 14 years. Osborne is himself a student of American Impressionist painter, Frank Vincent DuMond, who developed and taught the prismatic palette—the flow of light and the effect it has on its subjects.
Osborne has continued DuMond’s theories and preserved DuMond’s historical legacy in his teachings. This, in turn, has influenced Smith’s paintings—his use of this unique palette and its principles of light can be seen in his convincing still lifes and landscapes.
Smith is the recipient of numerous open juried awards, including the Vasari Classic Oil Award for Still Life, 2017 Ridgewood Open Juried Show, the Betty Kaytes Award for Best Floral, the 34th Annual Ridgewood Art Institute Regional Open Juried Show 2014, and earned Best Floral in 2009, 2007, and 2006.
He also captured the top prize for still life with the Jane Peterson Still Life Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Salmagundi Club Award from the 2005 Regional Open Juried Show in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
He won the distinguished Art Director’s Gold Medal for the poster, “I Want Out,” which has been in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s poster and print colletion for the past 30 years. His first prize landscape graced the cover of the Warwick Valley phone book in 1999.
An award winning art director, Smith has enjoyed a distinguished career in advertising for more than 25 years. He’s most proud of the 12 years spent as a designer in an entertainment advertising company he helped form. Among his many achievements, he is credited with creating campaigns and posters for more than 200 films, including Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Superman, and All the President’s Men.
He is currently an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He resides with his wife, Rochelle, in upstate New York.
Smith’s exhibit runs November 1 – 30 and his paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome and admission is free. To view some of his work, visit our online gallery.
Gallery Location & Hours
Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633.