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Winston Wächter Fine Art is excited to announce our sixth solo exhibition with Ethan Murrow, and the first to feature both drawings and paintings. The Riparian Lovers is a whimsical turn inward to the Vermont farmlands of Murrow’s youth, where characters are invigorated with a childlike splendor from exploring wetlands, romancing the pastoral with unbounded glee. He asks us to keep in mind the sublime highs and lows of nature when we see figures knee-deep in the elements— how realistic is our romance with the land? The series is imbued with a thoughtful, subtle indulgence that tells us that we should revel at the sight of bees, berries, and bogs, so long as we also embrace the hardships and patience required to maintain a lifelong relationship with the natural world.
As with his previous work, Murrow’s painted sceneries contain slight ripples in the fabric of our own reality, where flowering heads and exaggerated water tones inspire as much awe as the mountains and marshes. The ordinarily mundane is nowhere to be found. Everyone appears giddy with a complex appreciation for the earth and a drive to imagine anything.
Ethan Murrow has been widely exhibited across the United States, and in France, Georgia, and Hong Kong. In addition to working on paper, Murrow creates large-scale wall drawings which have been featured in museums and corporate collections, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Jacksonville, FL, and Facebook Offices in Ireland. He is the recipient of multiple residencies and awards, including the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Ireland, and Artist in Residence Fellowship, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Nebraska. Ethan Murrow is based in Boston, MA, where he is a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University.