W a l t e r   M u r c h

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There is very little in print or on the web on or of the art of Walter Murch. The production of this site is purely for informational purposes and has no commercial intent. All the images are copyright Walter Murch and should not be copied or reproduced.




1907   Born Walter Tandy Murch, August 17 in Toronto, Canada, to Clara Louise Tandy, a pianist and Wlater Murch, a jewelery shop keeper.

1916   Began to study the violin, continued for fifteen years.

1925-7   Studied at the ontario College of Art. Three of his teachers (Harris, Lismer and MacDonald) were part of the Canadian art group known as "The Seven".

1927-9  Visited and ended up moving to New York City. Studied at the Art Students League, notably with Arshile Gorky whom he continued to study with after leaving the Art Student League.

1930   Married Katharine Scott.

1933   Began to work as a designer at Lord and Taylor, worked for this department store for sixteen years.

1936   Met Betty Parson. Began work as a free lance commercial artist.

late 30s   Became friends with Joseph Cornell.

1941   First one-person show at Betty Parson's Wakefield Gallery. Through Parsons met Barnett Newman, Teodore Stamos, Mark Rothko and Clifford Still.

1947   Second one-person show at Betty Parsons Gallery. Commisioned to do the cover for Fortune magazine. Murch was probably best known for his works such as the ones he did for Fortune and Scientific American.

1957   Third show with Betty Parsons.

1959-61   Taught at Pratt.

1961-7   Taught at Boston University.

1966   Retrospective of his work opens at Rhode Island Scholl of Design and travels to other insititutions.

1967   Died of a heart attack on December 11.