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ARTHUR JAMES MURCH (1902 - 1989)

James Arthur Murch was a respected, award-winning Australian Modernist. He was a prolific Australian painter and protégé of influential George Washington Lambert.  He studied painting under Antonio Dattilo Rubbo and sculpture under Rayner Hoff at East Sydney Technical College. He also studied at the Acadamie Julian in Paris, before he became studio assistant to George Lambert as the senior artist who worked on his memorial for the recumbent soldier at St Mary’s Cathedral. He first exhibited at Macquarie Galleries in 1933, winning numerous awards, including the Archibald Prize in 1949. He was also an official war artist. Later in his career he travelled to Hermannsberg to paint local Aboriginal families and also taught at the Royal Art Society & East Sydney Technical College. His works are represented in National Galleries and Important Private Collections, particularly the Art Gallery Of NSW.

"Stormy Weather" (c.1940)

oil on board

29 x 37cm

signed lower left



"Self Portrait" (c.1940)

pencil on paper

29.5 x 23cm

signed lower right



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