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Realism Artist Glenn Murray in his studio

The paintings of Massachusetts based realist Glenn Murray (1956) represent how he sees a world of beauty from functional items. There is something nostalgic with Murray paintings while being very current for today. Glenn remembers when he was young spending hours looking at the way light and shadow played upon various objects. This evolved into a love of color and function. He wants you to recall a feeling from viewing his art, inviting you to look at his images and imagine stories from different perspectives.  

Murray is a U. S. Navy Veteran of 3 foreign wars who resumed painting in 2016 when he returned home. He finds the American images inspiring. His subjects - cars, trucks and neon signs have character and a contemporary snap. They are hand painted stories about classic functional items.


He uses traditional tools and methods taking great care to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship and materials through the painting process. He uses the master's technique of paint layering, building up the layers to enhance the image. This allows the whole painting to develop over several days for each layer’s drying time.

Although Glenn's art relies on photography, he tries to go beyond accurately rendering an image to create a unique aesthetic that is his alone. His ability to create iconic essays of cool art links him to realist master painters.


B.S. Art in Urban Life – Springfield College 1982

M.A. Strategic Studies – Naval War College 2012



2023 - Metal and Chrome Award, International Guild of Realism Fall Salon, Scottsdale, AZ

2023 - Marguerite & Francis Walker Memorial Award, 73rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Vernon, CT

2022 - Third Place, James Library & Center for the Arts Juried Art Exhibition, Norwell, MA

2022 – Director’s Choice Award, International Guild of Realism 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD
2022 – Excellence Award in Acrylic, Academic Artist Association 72nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Vernon, CT

2018 - Medium in Acrylic Award, Academic Artist Association 68th Annual Juried Exhibition, Vernon, CT

2018 - Third Place Antonio Cirino Award, Providence Art Club National Open Exhibition, Providence, RI

2018 - Best in Show, Articulture 2018 – Westfield, MA 2018



“Intrinsic Beauty”, American Art Collector Magazine, June 2022, Issue 208

"Glenn Murray Featured Artist", Artist Portfolio Magazine, October 2018

“Articulture Arrives in Westfield”, The Westfield News, April 21, 2018

“Executive Artists” The Boston Tab, January 28, 1992, Cover Story


International Guild of Realism

Oil Painters of America

Academic Artists Association, President

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