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(from the Latin verb patī meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.


is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, green and others. Color categories and physical specifications of color are also associated with objects or materials based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra. By defining a color space, colors can be identified numerically by their coordinates.


the force that makes things happen in a particular way without any apparent cause.


the term shape is commonly used to refer to the geometric properties of an object or its external boundary (outline, external surface), as opposed to other properties such as color, texture, material composition.


a predetermined course of events. It may be conceived as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the cosmos.

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The passion I have for expressing myself through painting and the ability to share it with others have been true gifts.


Herbert Murrie has impacted the lives of many through his businesses and paintings. Read his bio and discover the man behind the art.

Chance has two meanings; in English it can mean accident or hazard. In French "avoir de la chance" means to be lucky. I have questioned for a very, very long time if there is a destiny for us or is it completely blind; the push pull between accident, destiny and luck.


I have a color and spatial sketch in my mind before starting my painting. I begin by pouring the colors onto the surface of the background in various shapes and patterns. The shapes and forms emerge through the constant blending and manipulation of the paint; interlacing forms, bows and curves that constantly intersect to produce spatial structures which could be altered endlessly.


To cause something to change and flow, to make it relative suits me. I edit out and build upon what I feel is working. Sometimes when images come about by chance they are fresher, more organic, more inevitably. Instinct takes charge. The composition of different forms, colors, structures, proportions, harmonies, etc. comes out as an abstract system analogous to music. Letting a thing come, rather then following a precise plan can be more genuine, richer, and more alive. Music filters into my work, like lines of dialogue. The rawness of experiencing sounds, from Mozart to Dylan, is what I try to translate into a visual vocabulary. Music relies on an established structure, one that allows for infinite expression of guttural emotion. That liberty within form inspires my own explorations in painting. Feelings, sensations produce a specific emotional effect.


The editing process...creating form from at the heart of my art, but that involves the exercise of critical judgement, an aspect of creativity. In the beginning of a creative effort, a period of uncertainty is a helpful state of affairs.


Herbert Murrie




Zhou B. Art Center - Chicago, IL Sept. 2013


La Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano (Siena), Italy - May/June 2013


Jennifer Norback Fine Art, Inc. - Chicago, IL Feb. 2013


ARC Gallery - Chicago, IL 2011


Jennifer Norback Fine Art, Inc. - Chicago, IL 2010


Palazzo Pubblico, Magazzini Del Sale - Siena, Italy 2010


The Tucker Gallery - Evanston, IL 2005, 2006, 2008


Illinois Center - Chicago, IL 2004


Zolla-Leiberman Group Show - Chicago, IL 2004


Australian Exhibition Center - Chicago, IL 2002


Lydon Fine Arts, Inc. - Chicago, IL 2002


Illinois Center - Chicago, IL 2001


Lydon Fine Arts, Inc. Group Show - Chicago, IL 2001


Lydon Fine Arts, Inc. - Chicago, IL 2000


Sloane-Jordan Gallery - Austin, TX 2000


New Art International Exhibition Group Show - Woodstock, NY 1999


Westmorland Center of the Arts Group Show - PA 1999


Quincy Art Center Group Show - Quincy, IL 1999


Maryland Federation of Art Group Show - Annapolis, MD 1999


Navarro Council of the Arts Group Show - Corsicana, TX 1999


Sloane-Jordan Gallery - Austin, TX 1999


Lydon Fine Arts, Inc. - Chicago, IL 1999


Olin Fine Art Gallery at Washington & Jefferson College Group Show - Washington, PA 1999


The Baker Arts Center Group Show - Liberal, KS 1999


Tubac Center of the Arts Group Show - Santa Cruz, AZ 1999


Lydon Fine Arts, Inc. - Chicago, IL 1998



Corporate Collections

Novo Nordisk Corporation - Princeton, NJ

Illinois Center - Chicago, IL

IRON Financial Corporation - Chicago, IL

Chicago Growth Partners - Chicago, IL

Kinzie Hotel - Chicago, IL

Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI

Rockford Art Museum - Rockford, IL


American Academy of Art

Chicago Academy of Fine Art

University of Illinois B.F.A.

Contact Herb


Jennifer Norback Fine Art Inc.

217 W. Huron St.

Chicago, IL 60654



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