Jason Murray grew up in the UK living in the South-east and South-west. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Graphics from the University of the West of England (Bristol) in 1997. In 2016 he exhibited rotoscoped projects at the RAUM Gallery in Camberwell, London. The exhibition was a landmark occasion as it was the first time he had publicly exhibited in almost 20 years. In his own words, ‘I’d always quietly gone about my practice over the years, it is and has been purely a therapy thing for me. However, after taking an MA program in Visual Arts, it altered my approach and way of thinking, inspiring me to experiment more especially when art-making, combining tradition methods with digital tools. I still think the phrase, ‘Digital Art’ is peculiar’ Specializing in rotoscope animation, he gained an MA in Fine Art Digital at the University of Arts, London (Camberwell) in 2017.
In the past 20 years he has spent most of the time living and working in Japan. In Japan he has lived in Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa. His visual diaries maintain a dialogue with his art practice. Exploring aspects of Japanese culture, its social history and geography predominantly occupy his practice. His most recent and on-going project, Once Useful began in 2016 and explore abandoned, uninhabited, derelict Japanese and British architecture.
Drawings are his preferred medium. As he states, ‘purely for its immediacy and simplicity’ The drawing element is a central component to his rotoscoping projects (a technique used in the animation process). Through rotoscoping, influences in music, pop culture and Expressionism are woven into the narrative sculpting commonly personal vignettes.
His other interests include cricket, indie music, Mike Leigh films, cyclogeography and 1970s British Public Information Films . Recently, he has taken to writing in the form of family memoirs and over the past few years he’s been fortunate to have had a few publications in The Guardian .
The following videos are brief windows into how he goes about his practice.
1) The video, Once Useful: Exploring Saitama’s Rural Relics documents his explorations during the time spent living in Saitama, Japan in 2017-18.
2) ‘Homework’ (2016) is a vignette of domestic family life in the form of a rotoscoped animation. A father and daughter collaboration. The animation explores movement, expression, adolescent behaviour and playful performativity. The soundtrack, a rendition of a famous pop song, is performed by his daughter.