Arthur Murch: 14 interesting facts

By Gwylym Owen

Arthur James Murch (8 July 1902, Croydon (Sydney) – 3 September 1989, Avalon (Sydney)) was an Australian artiste who won the Archibald Prize in 1949 as soon as a portrait of Bonar Dunlop. Dunlop was a New Zealand artist sculptor and illustrator.

Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo introduced him to the French Post-Impressionists,Cézanne and Seurat. His style complex became more Cubist. In 1924, he studied subsequent to Rayner Hoff at East Sydney Technical College.

Murch spent mature training in London at the Chelsea Polytechnic and at Académie Julian, Paris and visiting Italy after winning the 1925 Society of Artists’ Scholarship.

From 1927 to 1930 he worked with artist George Lambert, assisting him like sculptural commissions.

In 1933, he formed portion of an Australian expedition into central Australia to Hermannsberg. He far along shared his experiences in The Home magazine. In 1936, he exhibited works at the Macquarie Galleries, created after his second “Centralian” expedition, showing landscapes and portraits of the Pentupui native community.

He was appointed as an credited war artiste for six months during the Second World War covering the American and Australia military actions in Australia — 47 works of his are in the Australian War Memorial’s collection.

Murch wrote occasionally upon art subjects for The Home magazine.

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