Painstaking detail

Mieshiel debuts 13 complex pencil drawings with surprising origins

By Tempo staff
Posted 8/9/18

Envision Gallery is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with a new exhibition titled "In the Field: Works by Mieshiel."The exhibit is set to open with a reception Saturday (Aug. 11), …

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Painstaking detail

Mieshiel debuts 13 complex pencil drawings with surprising origins


Envision Gallery is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with a new exhibition titled "In the Field: Works by Mieshiel."

The exhibit is set to open with a reception Saturday (Aug. 11), 5-7 p.m., at the venue located at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in the Overland Compound in El Prado.

"In The Field" consists of a series of 13 complex and intricate colored pencil drawings spanning a three-year period by Taos artist Mieshiel. Nine of the 13 drawings are 40-by-60 inches in size, with each one in some cases taking hundreds of hours to complete, gallery owner-director Jimmy Murray states in a press release.

"What began from inspiration from some of the elaborate and memorizing designs of crop circles quickly evolved into my own creations pulled from the quantum field," Mieshiel said in a prepared statement. "The Zero point, in quantum field theory is where thoughts become matter. Along with containing sacred geometry, pin point detail and vivid colors, some of these drawings depict extraterrestrial crafts, Mayan symbology and Atlantian temples. One work in particular combines the ancient petroglyphs of the Southwest with the monolithic standing stones of the ancient Druids, all in the Field."

Mieshiel was born in New York City and raised in a family of artists. His early exposure to cutting-edge contemporary art in the SoHo arts district of Manhattan inspired him to pursue his own artistic path. After earning a degree in graphic design from the California Institute of Arts in 1986, Mieshiel co-founded T.A.P. performance art space in Los Angeles.

Since 1987, he has lived in Taos in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered community, where he continues to create the vibrant, intricate colored pencil drawings for which he is known, the release continues.

"Inspired by dreams, visions, and real-life experiences, Mieshiel's mystical visionary art contains hidden images, symbols and light codes meant to ignite heightened sates of awareness in the viewer. He is also represented by ACA Galleries in New York City, where his art was featured in the exhibition 'Shamanic Illuminations,' along with the work of Alex Grey and the late Pablo Amaringo," the gallery release states.

Specializing in fine contemporary art, Envision Gallery is rooted in its ties to the Murray family: two generations of artists from Manhattan who eventually made their way West. Envision was founded in 2003, but its origins date much earlier.

When Jimmy Murray was born in New York City in 1962, the inimitable Andy Warhol was one of his first hospital visitors. Jimmy's mother, Pintki, an art director for the New York-based shoe designer I. Miller, quickly recognized Warhol's talent and hired him as a commercial illustrator for the firm. These vibrant fashion illustrations became Warhol's first renowned works, loved by his devotees for their power, personality, and pop simplicity.

Pintki's own artistic evolution led from her start in commercial art direction to becoming an accomplished ceramist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut, and in Santa Fe and Taos.

Her husband, John Murray, left a CLIO award-winning Madison Avenue advertising career in the 1970s to become a painter. John moved his young family to a loft in the SoHo arts district, where he exhibited his photorealist paintings at the O.K. Harris, Andrew Crispo, and Meisel galleries.

Both Jimmy and his younger brother, Mieshiel, were heavily influenced by their parents' talent and the intimate, early exposure to the burgeoning Manhattan gallery scene.

"I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for contemporary art because I grew up with it at the height of the New York art world in the 1970s and '80s, visiting galleries and interacting with the artists of that time," Jimmy Murray said in a statement.

In the '70s, Jimmy attended Friends Seminary by day, and at night he frequented the Mudd Club, CBGBs, and Studio 54 dance clubs. From 1980 to 1984, he studied film at New York City's School of Visual Arts while working as a bartender at Danceteria.

His graduate film, "Doris and Inez Speak the Truth," starred Warhol Factory superstar Jackie Curtis and actor Tom Noonan. His movie was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of its "Club 57 Film, Performance and Art in the East Village 1978-1983" exhibition.

After graduating film school, Jimmy Murray worked in the commercial film industry until moving to Taos in 1989. Since 2005, he has directed and subsequently owned Envision Gallery.

"In the Field" continues through Aug. 31. Call (575) 751-1344 for more information.


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