Ulan Murray & Rachel Burns

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Ulan Murray studied horticulture and completed a Biology Degree which informs his sculptural practice. As a lapsed biologist Ulan is still intrigued by biomorphic forms and nature is central to his work. Ulan was a Finalist in the Wynne Prize at the AGNSW in 2015.

Rachel Burns studied Fine Arts at Sydney University and later completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours from Wollongong University. During this time Rachel studied painting, printmaking and sculpture. She later became a part time lecturer at the University. Rachel has been the recipient of several residencies including the Artist in Residence at the Wollongong City Art Gallery and numerous Aboriginal Communities at Yirikala, NT and Northern Queensland.

Since focusing professionally on sculpture Ulan and Rachel have won over 10 sculpture prizes throughout Australia. These prizes include the Scientists Choice and People’s Choice Award at the Waterhouse Art Prize South Australia Museum, Winner of the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Sculpture Award and the North Sydney Sculpture  Art Prize.

Ulan and Rachel have been living in Bega, on the Far South Coast of NSW, for over 17 years.

 

 


 

 

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Ulan Murray and Rachel Burns, Ghost Gums 2019 | Copper, stainless steel and corten steel, 90 x 70 x 40 cm 

Finalist, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

 

“Whitely as stardust, a ghost gum resists the day’s coarse smear of heat.” - Extract by Mark O’Connor

Our sculptures aim to evoke a strong sense of place from the Australian outback and awaken memories of the past. This work was created as a homage to the iconic Australian ghost gum. It is a tree that has grown here well before colonialist time and continues to be a true reflection of the Australian spirit. This tree also holds significance for us as it illuminates the ongoing deep connectivity with Indigenous Australians. The ghost gum is a majestic relic of our celebrated outback.

The sculptures depict the equilibrium between the foliage and the root system of the tree- an image that is rarely conceived. The work becomes a meditation on the environment: from the monumentality of landscape to the minutiae. It is a connection between the past and the present. 

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