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Hannah Murray with her works (clockwise from bottom left): Coquin (2020), Hearts of Gold (2021), and Rohini (2021).
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Next Big Thing: Hannah Murray

A recent graduate of the New York Academy of Art with a new studio on the Lower East Side, Hannah Murray produces compositions that feature women relishing their beauty and power coupled with an uncanny hint of discomfort. Drawing on a painterly reserve, Murray uses the sensuality of velvety fabric and alluring interiors to create intimate narratives of female ascent. 

Hannah Murray, The Dance, (2021). Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Influences: A self-described London museum geek, Murray grew up visiting the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery, “staring at paintings of women in beautiful clothes and beautiful settings all day long.” 

Hannah Murray, I Have a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore, (2022). Photo: Courtesy of the artist

“Hannah’s sitters face us quietly but defiantly, challenging us to explore the many mysteries that lay hidden beneath a human likeness”

Eileen Guggenheim

Subject matter: “The women in my work are good friends, family, or artists I’ve studied with and admire; they’re all pretty amazing. I’m not trying to portray their lives, even though I do use real partners and couples. I’m putting my own
thoughts onto them.”

Hannah Murray, The Dealer, (2022). Photo: Courtesy of the artist

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2022 Winter Issue under the headline “Next Big Things.” Subscribe to the magazine.

Click here to see the full list of “Next Big Things.” 

Cover: Hannah Murray with her works (clockwise from bottom left): Coquin (2020), Hearts of Gold (2021), and Rohini (2021).
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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