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John Murray Art Gallery

8 Opal St, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
+61 2 6829 1130
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Good spot to enjoy a break from travelling

Well worth the visit and see how he catches the spirit of the outback. Love the way he paints our... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
maj0rmitch
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Wyndham Vale, Australia
Best attraction at Lightning Ridge

This is a must do for people who have spent time in the outback. John captures its spirit perfectly... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sally424
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New Zealand
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The colour and humour of life in the bush jumps out of the work with the whimsy and realism that sets John Murrays artwork apart from the pack. No visit to Lightning Ridge is complete without some time spent in the John Murray Art Gallery. Established in 1992 by creative duo John and Viki Murray to showcase John’s vibrant original acrylic paintings, the Gallery has since grown to include quality reproductions ranging from canvas prints and mounts to postcards and stubby coolers. The world-class gallery has retained its rustic roots and Australia’s leading outback artist continues to lure people from all over the country to see his endearing work first hand. Having lived on the opal fields for many years, Viki Murray has truly captured the personality of Lightning Ridge in her own unique photographic style. Whilst the Ridge is where she makes her bed, Viki is a sucker for a project where she has the opportunity to travel. This is why you’ll see a vast array of incredible photographs from India, Vietnam, Bali and coastal Australia mixed in with her bush photography. Viki likes to change her mediums as often as she does her subjects, you’ll be treated with rustic wooden prints, classic canvas and the sharp vibrancy aluminum prints bring to the table. From prints to books and cards, her works are quirky, eclectic, rustic and retro all rolled into one. Art that makes you smile.
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  • Average2%
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“sense of humour” (13 reviews)
“price range” (3 reviews)
“post office” (3 reviews)
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8 Opal St, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth the visit and see how he catches the spirit of the outback. Love the way he paints our emu's.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must do for people who have spent time in the outback. John captures its spirit perfectly and has lots of items for sale to remind you of your travels. There is a very interesting DVD on show, also for sale for $15....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a large art gallery in town by artist John Murray and his partner. He paints and she is a photographer. The paintings are really Aussie Lightning Ridge and really show the outback and the zany spirit of the Ridge. Not a lot t...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The art is very quirky but it was really a lovely place to visit. The artist seems to take a subject and make it recognisable with a bit of humour thrown in. It doesn’t take a long time to wander through and most of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is just over a year ago that I reviewed the John Murray Art Gallery. At that time, the original gallery had sadly been burnt down but luckily a couple of days prior, we were able to experience the brilliant work of John and Viki....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Most of his painting are humorous and funny. There are fair bits of serious works. His photo are really good, the best value item may be the metallic print photo which is still 30+.More

Thank Tony W
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John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your review and feedback Tony and for visiting the Art Gallery during your visit to Lightning Ridge. We hope you can return some time to find the mounts, cards, posters and merchandise for $20 and less that you may have missed....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this Gallery. I just loved a couple of the pieces. It is wonderful that Stanley the emu (that he was involved with) greets you on reaching Lightning Ridge. His EMU work should become an icon for this interesting place.We have just visited...More

Thank kerbar
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John Viki and staff are really the epitome of locals in Lightning Ridge! Come and spend some time with the artist who is always very generous with their time.

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

My kind of art. Very clever and a great sense on humour. Lovely gallery and nice to see it so popular.

Thank Rhonda M
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John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your time looking around the Gallery.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

The new building holding these dramatic as well as humorous images of outback Australia is a must visit

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John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Thanks for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your time looking around the Gallery.

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