Gwynn Murrill’s third exhibition of bronze sculpture at the Washburn Gallery will be held from September 15 to October 28, 2006. A California artist, Murrill is best known for her sculpture of animals. The forthcoming show will include two life size cougars installed in the gallery above a small pond (see below), four large house cats and an eagle perched on a bronze branch. A brochure with color reproductions of each work will accompany the exhibition.
In Murrill’s recent publication, Pouncing on Convention, Robert Graham wrote “Gwynn’s precise observations manifest the true essence and spirit of each animal she portrays.” Tony Berlant further described Gwynn Murrill in the same brochure: “For over three decades Gwynn Murrill has pursued an aggressively independent path. Self-taught and rigorous in her approach, she has eschewed both academic convention and contemporary artistic fashion, to create a unique body of work. Her sculpture demonstrates that the most personal an artist’s work becomes, the most universal and timeless it is. Gwynn was one of the first women of her generation making art on the West Coast who was taken seriously by her peers in a male-dominated art-world. I came to her work early, and it has continued to amaze and delight me.”