Elizabeth Murray notes, “Starting to make a painting is like starting to tell a story.” Her paintings are groping, clumsy, inevitably messy journeys of self-revelation. her paintings are sustained improvisations, developed through the process of making rather than from any preconceived design. Her works push into three dimensions, her shaped canvases acquiring the mass and insistence of sculpture.
Elizabeth Murray (September 6, 1940 – August 12, 2007) was an American painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Her works are in many major public collections, including those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Murray was known for her use of shaped canvases.