Janiece Murray is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. Having loved painting, drawing and art growing up; she studied art at Brigham Young University and was fortunate enough to study with noted artists including Wulf Barsch. While at BYU she was introduced to techniques used by ancient Greek and Renaissance master artists, such as: sacred geometry, the golden section and symbolism, these have all become an integral part of her artwork. Often in her art she draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including: ancient Egyptian art, Classical Greek art and architecture, Masonic art and symbolism, as well as Islamic geometric designs.
Since graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art in 2009, her work has been shown nationally in juried shows in Connecticut and Georgia, and throughout the state of Utah in solo and group exhibitions including at the Springville Museum of Art.
Colors, shapes and numbers all have a meaning which can deepen and enrich a piece, I am intrigued and fascinated by symbolism and the wide range of information a single symbol can convey. As an artist and a visual person, I love the possibility for a visual language in works of art through symbolism and the ability for those to be subtle and even subliminal. It’s easy to take things for granted, to see only what’s on the surface, but a symbol etc. can make you feel or think of home, for example, without your realizing how or why. In my watercolors I build up layers of color to get the desired effect, similarly layers of symbolism can be built up to give a piece meaning.
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