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Ivan Murray  
Born in Galway
West of Ireland in 1970
Address: Syntir, Rhiw, Pwllheli
North Wales LL53 8AF
Tel: +44 (0)1758 780451
Mobile: +44 (0)7789 973850



I began sculpting in bog oak In 1989, during my study of art and design. I have exhibited this work in Ireland, Germany and Czech Republic.

Between 2002 -2005 I did a further 3 year education in Sculpture at Emerson college, East Sussex. I then moved to North Wales and started teaching sculpture and developing my work. I exhibit my work at my local gallery, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, in N.Wales.

Recently, I have been commissioned, to create a work for Neo Bankside, (next to the Tate Modern). This large bronze is titled ‘A family in Residence’; a site-specific sculpture that was ‘born out’ of its environment; a form that will forever belong to this unique place and was inspired by both its architectural and cultural surroundings.

My Forms are first explored in clay, and when finally achieved, a mould is made. This is then used to cast limited editions into various materials, for instance; plaster, resin or bronze. Most of my works are small indoor sculptures in their own right, but some of them are created as a maquette with the intention to enlarge them, into (life size) monumental works, these works offer the viewer the possibilities to interact directly with it by sitting on the work.

My work generally explores universal themes often expressing, our unique relationship to nature and one another. My various forms will often arise out of the depth of the unconscious, and I only really experience it when I have finished creating it. Therefore, I feel it comes from an impersonal source, and through the process of creating, it becomes a personal work, practised with care, imagination and humor.

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Creativity is the activity of the Soul; it is what gives me vitality and hope, a meaning to my own existence. I create, because it leads me to an unknown inner destination and I feel it changes me each time I create.

It allows me to intuit what is not yet formed and thereby gives birth, to a new form.

A creative process, is where I can most fully become myself; the universal aspect, of whom I am: my attention, in my thinking, feeling and willing. By contemplating the world around me, I can find it again transformed within me.

My truth comes to life as my invisible thoughts and feelings are transformed into their visible outer form. Sculpture shows me, it is possible to make the invisible – visible.


Art Education:    
1989-1992 Diploma in Art & Design, Sligo R. T. C, Ireland 2005-2008
  • Group Show at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddew, N. Wales
2002-2005 Diploma in Sculpture, Emerson College, E. Sussex  
  • Art-Projects officer at Menter y Felin Uchaf, N. Wales
  Certificate in Pedagogical Sculpture  
  • Landscape Art- The Earthhouse, N. Wales
  • Educational Programme in Sculpture, Tutor
Exhibitions: 2009
  • Commission "mother", Abersoch
  • Past Moons, Galway, Ireland
  • Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, N. Wales
  • Love for Oak, Galway, Ireland
  • Limehouse Gallery, London
  • Transpersonal, Killarney, Ireland
  • Oriel pendeitsh, Caernafon, N. Wales
  • Durrow Castle, Laois, Ireland
  • Oriel Clwyd theatre, Cymru, Mold, Conwy, N. Wales
  • Arts Festival, Sligo, Ireland
  • Neo Bankside commission, London
  • Galerie Karolinum, Czech Republic
  • Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, N. Wales
  • Galerie Berlin, East Berlin
  • Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, N. Wales