Successful Artist in residence Exhibition at Dunedin Railway Station - 27th Feb 2017

Mt Talbot near the Homer Tunnel, Milford Road Being artist in residence at the Otago Art Society gallery in the Dunedin Railway Station, Murray wowed many tourists from cruise ships and independent travellers plus local art enthusiasts during the first two weeks of February 2017 as he created original paintings at his easel.  The display of original artworks and of giclee reproductions tempted many to make spontaneous purchases to take home with them a little reminder of New Zealand.  Being familiar with the local area Murray helped give travellers a fuller picture as he answered their questions. 

2017 Artist in Residence at Otago Art Society - 1st Feb 2017

Breaksea Sound, Fiordland, NZ Commencing on Waitangi Day 6th February Murray will begin his 2017 artist in residence at the Otago Art Society each day 10am to 4pm for two weeks until 18th February.

Feel free to watch Murray at work.  Painting at his easel, more images using oils on canvas will appear to take shape.  If you are interested, come and see Murray at work.  The O.A.S. is on the first floor of the iconic Dunedin Railway Station up the grand winding staircase (or use the lift in the main foyer).  At the top of the stairs, walk through the shop into the next room where Murray will have many original paintings and some giclees displayed around the walls while he works at the easel.  Commissions are welcomed or buy what you see are further options while visiting the gallery.

2016 Edinburgh Realty Art Awards opened tonight - 29th Jul 2016

2016 Edinburgh Realty Art Awards opened tonight
'Dusky Sound Series No. 1'  is Murray's new artwork currently displayed in the Edinburgh Realty Art Awards which opened tonight at the Otago Art Society gallery located in the Dunedin Railway Station.  209 entries are exhibited and for sale.  The exhibition runs until Sunday 28th August 2016.

Dusky Sound is an amazing part of Fiordland that truly takes your breath away.  There are several ways to see it, by boat, by helicopter or having an image in your own home as a painting to view at your leisure each day. Murray can give you options for a painting of your choice to enjoy created from one of his images experiencing changing weather conditions and light during his week long trip to Dusky Sound. Contact him through his website.


People Choice Winner announced - 3rd Jun 2014

People Choice Winner announced Murray Ayson was announced the winner of the Peoples Choice after voting closed on 1st June at the Hope & Sons Art Awards 2014 held at the Otago Art Society rooms in the historic Dunedin Railway Station.   The Exhibition theme was 'life and living in the south' with 170 artworks by South Island artists.   Murray's winning painting was entitled "Lake Duncan, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand' which he was inspired  to paint after a helicopter trip flying over the majestic Fiordland mountains from Te Anau to George Sound on the West Coast.   
Hope & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dunedin established in 1887 are very supportive and generous sponsors bi-annually of the Otago Art Society which itself was established in 1876 being the oldest Art Society in New Zealand.
View and websites.  

Life and Living in the South - 7th May 2014

Life and Living in the South

I have two original artworks in the current Hope & Sons Art Awards 2014.   The  Exhibition theme being 'Life and Living in the South'.   Currently being held in the Dunedin Railway Station at the Otago Art Society's premises, this exhibition of 170 original paintings by South Island artists runs until the 1st of June 2014.   This is an image of my painting of the Purakaunui Stream, Catlins, South Otago which has been sold at the Exhibition.

Exhibition now on - 29th Nov 2013

A selection of my recent works is now showing in an exhibition at The Artists Room, Dunedin.  

On my website home page, click Favourite Links - -  the exhibition details are on their  homepage - click 'artists'  and scroll down to 'Murray Ayson' and click again to view my works.

To all my clients and visitors to my website, I extend best wishes for Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

A Bird's Eye View - 1st Nov 2013

A heavy overnight fall of snow in Fiordland did not change my plans next day to travel from Te Anau over the mountains into George Sound.   The morning dawned crisp and clear and as the sun came up, the waters of Lake Te Anau were calm and still, full of glistening reflections of snow-covered bush.   Some magical hours followed with a bird's eye view from the helicopter as it took me across the Murchison Mountains to George Sound and returning via the Kepler mountain range to Lake Manapouri and Te Anau.

As we hovered over streams and tarns with overhanging native bush dusted in snow I captured images on my camera from which to paint.   What an inspiration!   The bush surrounding Lake Alice and all the rivers that find their way to the ocean via George Sound had very little snow on the western side of the mountains.   This provided me with even more variety of scenery to inspire my brushes into action on canvas at the easel.   Check my website shortly for some of my memories of this fantastic trip, captured on canvas.

Wet Wilderness Wanderer returns - 18th Sep 2012

Dusky Sound, Fiordland I've recently returned from an amazing 5-day trip into Dusky Sound, Wet Jacket Arm, Breaksea Sound then north into Doubtful Sound with Bradshaw Arm and Hall Arm included.    Very wet weather did not deter the intrepid traveller.   Donning wet weather gear and gumboots with camera for many on-shore excursions by tender boat from the Milford Wanderer in all these areas has provided me with much fresh resource material and inspiration for painting. 

The Fiords and Sounds during this wet weather were made up of many shades of grey with only brief highlights of sunshine at times.   However, stunning rainbows, lightning, thunder and wonderful rays of light across the mountains, bush and water with abundantly full waterfalls were all breathtaking indeed.   A trip I would recommend for anyone to experience.  Now I know what the early explorers saw and fell in awe of.  Paintings will develop so watch this space. 

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