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John Murray Art Gallery

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Address: 8 Opal St, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 6829 1130
Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:00
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The colour and humour of life in the bush jumps out of the work with the...

The colour and humour of life in the bush jumps out of the work with the whimsy and realism that sets John Murrays artwork apart from the pack.

No visit to Lightning Ridge is complete without some time spent in the John Murray Art Gallery.

Established in 1992 by creative duo John and Viki Murray to showcase John’s vibrant original acrylic paintings, the Gallery has since grown to include quality reproductions ranging from canvas prints and mounts to postcards and stubby coolers.

The world-class gallery has retained its rustic roots and Australia’s leading outback artist continues to lure people from all over the country to see his endearing work first hand.

Having lived on the opal fields for many years, Viki Murray has truly captured the personality of Lightning Ridge in her own unique photographic style.

Whilst the Ridge is where she makes her bed, Viki is a sucker for a project where she has the opportunity to travel. This is why you’ll see a vast array of incredible photographs from India, Vietnam, Bali and coastal Australia mixed in with her bush photography.

Viki likes to change her mediums as often as she does her subjects, you’ll be treated with rustic wooden prints, classic canvas and the sharp vibrancy aluminum prints bring to the table. From prints to books and cards, her works are quirky, eclectic, rustic and retro all rolled into one.

Art that makes you smile.

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Excellent opening hours

Have bought Murrays card for years, was excellent to be able to visit his gallery and to know he is staying true to his talent

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
DaphiesDucks
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Brisbane Queensland
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Brisbane Queensland
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have bought Murrays card for years, was excellent to be able to visit his gallery and to know he is staying true to his talent

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Elkton, Maryland
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242 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The talent for such a small town is crazy. Very modestly priced drawings and prints. His sense of humor is great catching the Outback feel. If you've drove here from any distance you'll understand most of the drawings and if you've spend three minutes in Lighting Ridge you'll understand the rest. Post Office just down the road to ship home... More 

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Warialda, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very talented man who has a lot of art on display and for sale. Definately worth a look and opportunity to purchase wonderful Australian art.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great art with the right amount of dry aussie humour, well priced, friendly service that makes you feel at home. A must visit if in town.

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Thank foodbuff78
John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for the 5 star review and spending some time with us in the Gallery - we hope to see you in the Ridge again More 

Cowra, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Impressive little Art Gallery, with friendly staff. Certainly a different approach to the art world reflecting The Ridge and the outback. Fun.

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Thank Rowsto
John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this review

We're so glad you and the family enjoyed your visit to the Gallery - we hope to see you in the Ridge again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my tired cranky children in the afternoon. Probably best not to visit with yours ( tired cranky children ) if you wish to enjoy. Was quite interested in all art work on display in between chasing children. Nothing negative to report. Great for art lovers. Those with authentic Australian tastes. And definitely adults. The people behind the counter... More 

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Thank Tiacowgirl
John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your time looking around the Gallery. More 

Melbourne Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

A must see... John really catches the Lightening Ridge conundrum... so much effort, labour, blood sweat and tears in the most harshest of environments chasing a dream which has too often turned into a nightmare for many. This is more than an art gallery... it is an insight into life at the Ridge. We bought some art.... we should have... More 

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Thank WinstonSpencer
John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this review

Many thanks for your 5 star review, it is so appreciated! We love it that you not only enjoyed the gallery and artwork during your visit, but that you also took time out of your busy day to write a lovely review and recommend us to other travelers. We hope you return to Lightning Ridge and the John Murray Art... More 

Perth, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

So enjoyable. Love his Aussie larrikin approach to his art subjects . I thought the prices very reasonable. Could not go pass and not go in.

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Thank Rhonda S
John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for the 5 star review - always so nice to hear people enjoying their time in the Gallery. We hope you enjoyed your entire stay in The Ridge and can come back and visit us sometime. More 

Baulkham Hills, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The gallery is like many things here quirky and funny if u understand the humor. The art is affordable however u need to understand and appreciate the humor.

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John M, Manager at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for the visit and for taking the time to review us, we hope to see you in Lightning Ridge again sometime. More 

Maclean, Australia
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The gallery only takes 20 minutes to look around and it's free. The man is a genius, his comic approach to the Aussie outback is unique.

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Thank Gary B
John M, Owner at John Murray Art Gallery, responded to this review

Many thanks for your 5 star review, it is so appreciated! We love it that you not only enjoyed the gallery and artwork during your visit, but that you also took time out of your busy day to write a lovely review and recommend us to other travelers. We hope you return to Lightning Ridge and the John Murray Art... More 

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