KAY MURRAY–WEBER...1919 – 2007
still life - details of surroundings
Born in Ayr, Ontario
Resided in Toronto, Ontario

Kay's early life on an ancestral farm laid the foundation for her work in landscape and still life. She remembers sitting on a calf pen in hand drawing the funnels and odd shapes arrayed on the shelves of the family barn. A hanging lantern cast a Rembrandt light while the munching sounds of horses and the pinging sounds of milking cows played in the background.

This early interest in art instigated her move to Toronto to attend The Ontario College of Art where she began her studies under two distinguished teachers: printmaker, Fred Hagan and painter, Jock MacDonald. She received an IBM Scholarship and graduated with honours. Kay continued to collect awards and honours until her death. She held major exhibitions in Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Burnaby, and Toronto. In 1985, the Miriam Perlman Gallery in Chicago exhibited Kay’s work along side work by fellow Canadians Ann Meredith Barry and Sandra Alterger. Abroad, Kay exhibited in England, Yugoslavia, Poland, Austria and the United States.

Kay was elected to memberships in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Ontario Society of Artists, Canadian Society of Graphic Arts, Canadian Society of Printer-Etchers and Engravers, and the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. Her work can be found in numerous public collections throughout Ontario.

For twenty years Kay devoted her time to the exacting work of printmaking and earned a significant reputation as a printmaker. Enter a corporation building in Toronto and you will likely find a Kay Murray-Weber print.

Table with Fruit and Cheese 1993-1994
watercolour, gesso on BFK rag paper
33" x 41"