Friday, November 21, 2014

The Mural Artist

I had the pleasure of an invitation to join the local chapter of
Art Goes to School
on one of their field trips.

Mural installation at Churchville Inn, Bucks County, PA

The visit was to Murrie and Chaya Gayman's
Bucks County art studio and home.

Stairwell in the Gayman Home painted by Murrie

The two artists were high school sweethearts
who went on to art school together.

Murrie's philosophy hangs in his studio

Murrie's art and love of wood have evolved into
a unique style of creating mosaic murals.
His medium? Barnwood.

Mural detail

The murals are created of recycled barnwood
and assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
The color, grain, angle of cut of the wood
work together to create the desired pictorial design.

Murrie in his studio, 
his hand rests on a table he is making for his daughter.

The murals mostly reflect local historic events and locations
as does their antiques-filled 270 year old home
where Murrie has also made much of the furniture and cabinetry.

A mural installation at the Warwick Twp. Building in Bucks County, PA

Murrie's murals can be found in
many local banks and government buildings including:
Churchville Inn,
1st National Bank of Newtown (Warminster)
PA Visitor's Center, (Susquehanna)
Warwick Twp Building
Conklin's Antiques, (Susquehanna)
Barleysheaf Farm (Holicong)
Hatboro Savings Bank (Jamison)

Chaya shows handmade dolls she collects from France 
where they go each year for Murrie to paint. 

A huge thank you to my friend for inviting me on this tour
and to the Gaymans for sharing their art with us.

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Mersad said...

I like their Philosophy. Great interior shots!

Mersad Donko Photography

Anonymous said...

I would love to see that place! Thanks for sharing!

Tamar SB said...

Oh cool!!

Bonny Bonafilla said...

What an interesting medium on which to paint. I've never encountered anyone who used barn wood before. It rocks! All the best, Bonny

MadSnapper said...

I LOVE THOSE STEPS. wow.. and the Warwick mural is awesome and my favorite. talk about born artist, these guys sure are...

carol l mckenna said...

What a wonderful and creative find ~ Great Shots!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Sarah Huizenga said...

I love barn wood, His murals are amazing. I bet that was a super enjoyable field trip.

Ida said...

What a fanastic experience you had. Such stunning work. I would loved to have been there too.

Louisette said...

Wonderfull and creative mural, love much.greting from Belgium

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh WOW - what amazing creativity and talent on display here.