Ulan Murray was born in Melbourne and has lived in various locations throughout Australia but now lives in Bega. In his early life Murray studied horticulture and completed a Biology Degree which informs his sculptural practice. Murray is self-taught and has always made things with wood, wire, stone and clay. As a lapsed biologist Murray is still intrigued by biomorphic forms and nature is central to his work. Through years of observation Murray constructs his works from memory rather than trying to represent an exact botanical likeness to his subject.
Since focusing on sculpture professionally Murray has experienced a number of successes including being a Finalist in the Wynne Prize at the AGNSW in 2015 and has won over 10 sculpture prizes throughout Australia including the Scientists Choice and People’s Choice Award at the Waterhouse Art Prize South Australia Museum, Winner of the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Sculpture Award and the North Sydney Sculpture Art Prize.
His debut solo exhibition at The Depot Gallery in Sydney in 2016 was a sell-out. Murray has works in various private collections throughout Australia. Murray now works collaboratively with his wife Rachel Burns.
“When I’m in the presence of a Murray sculpture I often have a multi-sensory experience; apart from the immediate visual there is a kind of emanation from it, an oscillation of sound, as if the object and its placement draws this aural energy from the surrounding environment”. (Richard Maude, Curator, Craft Arts International 2012)