Brett Murray

Power and Patronage

Brett Murray (I) (born in 1961) is a South African artist mostly known for his steel and mixed media wall sculptures. He was born in Pretoria, South Africa. Murray has a master’s degree in fine art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, 1989. Referred to by critic Brenda Atkinson as “the dark prince of South African pop (art)”, Murray is one of the country’s most popular artists, often using easily recognisable media images with the addition of a subversive and bitterly funny twist. Murray’s work addresses the wars of the cultures, the clash between Afrocentrism and Eurocentrism, the old and the new South Africas. “With my work I hope to critically entertain. Through satirical and tragic reflections on South Africa, I hope to shift people’s perspectives and change people’s minds, indulgent, arrogant and pretentious as this might sound,” he says. More recently, his work has explored his own personal experiences and identity. Murray was also the founder of the sculpture department at Stellenbosch University.

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Bubble Head: Underpants
Bubble Head: Underpants Year: 2002 Medium: Painted Bronze Size: 34 x 19 x 19cm Edition: 8
Bubble Head: Short Pants Year: 2002 Medium: Painted Bronze Size: 34 x 19 x 19cm Edition: 8
Bubble Head: Long Pants
Bubble Head: Long Pants Year: 2002 Medium: Painted Bronze Size: 34 x 19 x 19cm Edition: 8
Power and Patronage
Power and Patronage Medium: Bronze Size: 37cm x 26cm x 51cm Edition: 8 Year: 2008