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Les Murdoch (born 1957), based in Bowraville, New South Wales, Australia is a contemporary artist who began painting over 10 years ago.
Completely self-taught, Murdoch has developed his own style, and is recognized as the pioneer of a new movement of art: Aboriginal Op Art Surrealism, a fusion of dot painting and highly complex Op art illusions with unseen before surrealistic qualities.
Previous curator of the Bowraville Art Gallery Darren Green, where Les Murdoch's work has been on exclusive display described the artist's complex and rare style, calling it "multi-dimensional optical illusions with surrealistic twists that move with sound and have a depth of infinite fields." "Les's style is a first not only in Australia, but in the world" he added. The works have also proven to be popular and in high demand. "Ever since I started showing Les's paintings at the gallery in 2005, he has enjoyed great success," Green said. "We have had sellout exhibitions and recognition through personal visits from dignitaries such as the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir and Les's works will undoubtedly become more valuable and significantly recognized as demand for his work and awareness of his artistic genius evolves." Green stated.
Although not a qualified teacher, Les has also been involved in a mentor program through the Junuy's Aboriginal Youth Project where he has personally encouraged aboriginal youths to pursue their love for art.
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