January 12, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Drawing the Soul: A Collection of Portraits by Jon Murrill

at Piedmont Arts

Jon Murrill provides a contemporary perspective on the human spirit of the working class through the use of expression. Working in charcoal, Murrill captures photorealistic images, allowing his audience to interact with the personality of each portrait. His work does not represent an idealistic beauty, but rather, the spirit of working class individuals and the depth of character that they each possess. Murrill was born in Warsaw, Indiana and currently lives in Southwest Virginia. He obtained his Master's of Fine Art degree from Radford University with a concentration in oil painting and drawing. He has exhibited in juried exhibitions and group shows across the United States. Murrill is an adjunct professor of drawing at Virginia Western Community College and a visual art instructor at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Murrill has been commissioned to paint multiple murals in the Roanoke area including a 57-foot long mural at Valley View Mall. His public works can be seen in various locations across Southwest Virginia. Related Events Opening Reception Friday, January 11, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm • Piedmont Arts Mood and Music: Paintings by Eric McRay On display January 12 – February 23, 2019 Clarence Heinz On display January 12 – February 23, 2019 The Magic of Glass On display January 12 – February 23, 2019 Art at Happy Hour Thursday, February 21, 2018 • 5 – 7 pm JONATHAN MURRILL, STRONGER, CHARCOAL AND WATERCOLOR, 2016

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