Born in London in 1994, Hannah Murray is a figurative painter. Murray graduated from Leeds School of Art in 2015. Since 2015, Murray has exhibited her work extensively across London and New York, in galleries such as the Mall Galleries in London and the New York Academy of Art in New York. In 2017, Murray was a contestant on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year which resulted in her work being exhibited at the prestigious Wallace Collection. Murray has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and the National Open Art Young Artist Award. Most recently, Murray has been awarded a scholarship to study an MFA in Painting at the New York Academy of Art and subsequently been the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant and the Leipzip Summer Residency 2021. Murray's First Self Portrait (2019) was acquired by the Collection in 2019.
Murray is primarily a figurative painter. Her style is highly recognisable for her delicate and almost iridescent rendering of the textures of hair and flesh. Murray's nude portraits of men and women alike are striking for the simultaneous vulnerability and strength they reveal in her subjects.
Murray's First Self Portrait captures the decontextualised artist in oil on canvas. Murray stands tall, her torso and legs exposed, the dappled quality of her skin carefully articulated through her use of a blue undertone.