John Murray Art Gallery
John Murray Art Gallery
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Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
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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  • jeffo547
    Ipswich, Australia87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Outback Sights
    I’m not much of an art buff but the gallery is certainly worth a visit. Be prepared to have a good space to show the artwork at home or work because some of the better pieces are quite large. There are certainly smaller ones that won’t take up much space.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • jilljake
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Fantastic
    You must see this Gallery during you stay at Lightning Ridge. Fantastic paintings and prints displayed by John Murray. Lovely staff willing to share their Lightning Ridge Story. Very knowledgeable on stock availability. Highly are ommdnded.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Suzie G
    Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop in for a squiz
    Surprised to see the diversity of painting style of John Murray in this gallery. We expected the popular emus but were amazed at the outback triptychs which were so evocative. Vicki's work is stunning, and the two styles are a lovely contrast in the gallery. Highly recommend a visit here
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Mark_R_B_123
    Dapto, Australia117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Have a look here when in Lightning Ridge
    Interesting place to visit, from the sculptures outside the gallery to the many paintings and prints inside, get to see original artwork from an original artist. And opportunities to purchase affordable prints at a reasonable price. And have a giggle at the humorous captions as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 June 2023
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Kathy Williamson
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Beautiful art gallery with lots of quirky paintings. Enjoyed looking at every one of them an laughing at quite a few.
Written 20 October 2023
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Michelle C
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Business
An absolute must if you're visiting The Ridge. The town can thank John for starting the tourism boom here.
His art is quintessentially Australian.
Written 22 September 2023
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Anita C
Sydney, Australia85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
What a delightful gallery to visit . It was well appointed. The staff member was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Everything was well displayed.
Written 18 September 2023
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Deidre V
Ganmain, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Stunning art works . Wish I had a big house to hang some of them I love the humour and the reality A must see gallery
Written 24 August 2023
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Ian F
Toowoomba, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
John Murray brings the harshness of the outback to life with humorous representations of mostly emus getting into mischief.
Written 22 July 2023
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Anthony Gee
Wallsend, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The artwork was so beautiful and comical. If we had the right location at Home I would have purchased a few pieces.
Written 15 July 2023
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monib
Narre Warren, Australia229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A pleasure to visit John Murray art gallery. Free entry to venue , video footage of the artist and opportunity to purchase goods. Very relaxed atmosphere in Lightning Ridge
Written 7 July 2023
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Dianne M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The whole atmosphere was serene and professional. The display of artwork was inspiring and showed the character of the Australian outback.
Written 7 July 2023
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A1A1beach
Collaroy Beach, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Fantastic calm gallery to view and enjoy the works
Amazing selection of prints and originals by a great Australian artist
Written 7 July 2023
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Geoff C
Rooty Hill, Australia621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A nice place to visit, large gallery area with an assortment of prints on view. This artist works with local indigenous communities to encourage and grow there skills
Written 5 July 2023
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John Murray Art Gallery is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
  • Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 09:00 - 14:00