Oscar Murillo - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Paintings happen in the studio where I have my own kind of system, although there can be physical residue of performance in them. I like to cut up the canvas in different sections, work on them individually, fold them and just leave them around for months. I don’t work on a painting with the goal of finishing it or having a complete and finished painting at the end of a work process. The idea is to get through as much material as possible.’

    - OSCAR MURILLO, 2013

    The work of Oscar Murillo displays a sense of urgency, of chaos, and of movement that is undeniably tied to the artist’s biographic experiences of displacement and community. Born in La Paila, Columbia in 1986, Murillo immigrated with his family to London at the age of 10. Completing his MFA at the Royal College of Art, London in 2012, Murillo has since exhibited work in many notable group and solo shows at major galleries around the world including Art Basel, the Rubell Family Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Serpentine Gallery, London. Working with a variety of mediums, Murillo’s work mediates a diversity of demographics, combining his own heritage and culture with wider notions of community, solitude, displacement and difference to initiate encounters between them. Producing works in infamously anarchic fashion, Murillo rarely enlists traditional painterly tools, preferring rather to paint with the end of a broomstick and stitch together sections of individually designed canvases to create a methodic whole. Dirt, dust, and studio debris are often found added and smudged into his canvases as a way to link current and past production spawning a continuity of creation throughout Murillo’s process.

    Through an interdisciplinary practice of implied action and performance, art historical reference and subversions, Murillo is attempting to break hierarchies. At events and in his video and performance works, Murillo’s family cooks, hosts and takes centre stage, creating a platform for cultural collisions. There is a democratic aspect to all of Murillo’s work; it spans both high and low culture through the inclusion of dirt and candy wrappers mingled with the glamour and prestige of fine art. Murillo’s practice walks a fine line of aggression and pleasantness; it is at once confrontational and inviting, and distinctly individual.



oil, oil stick, dirt on canvas
195.8 x 167.5 cm (77 1/8 x 65 7/8 in.)
Signed and dated 'Oscar Murillo 12' on the overlap.

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £206,500

Contact Specialist
Peter Sumner
Head of Contemporary Art, London
+44 207 318 4063

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

London Auction 12 February 2015 7pm