Jason Murray grew up in the UK and obtained a BA (Hons) in Graphics from the University of the West of England in 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 purely a therapy thing for me. However, the MA altered my approach and way of thinking, inspiring me to become visible again’. The following year he gained a MA in Fine Art Digital specialising in rotoscoping at Camberwell University of Arts in London in 2017.
He currently lives in the UK. However, he spent 18 years living and working in Tokyo and Saitama in Japan. In Japan, using visual diaries, he always tried to maintain a dialogue with his art practice and comment. Exploring aspects of Japanese culture, its social history and geography predominantly occupied his practice.
He primarily engages in drawings purely for its immediacy and the simplicity of the medium. Drawing is central to his main practice, rotoscoping (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.
The following two-part video is a window into how he goes about his practice. The video documents the project, Don’t Have Nightmares 0.2: Alienation & Conformity, which was made in Tokyo in 2015.
PART ONE: 2 mins 59 secs
PART TWO: 2 mins