"I was educated at SS Peter and Pauls School in Bolton; I loved art and was chosen to represent my school in our town’s schools exhibition.
I was a mechanical engineer for most of my working life; thumbnail sketches and working drawings were an inherent part of everyday life. For many years I was involved in research and development, many projects I headed were to become successful machines inside and outside of the industry.
Redundancy struck in the late 1980’s and I started my own company manufacturing my own designs for the agricultural and leisure industries. This venture lasted just four years and swallowed up everything we owned. In the depths of depression, all I wanted to do was sleep, then one morning I told my wife I wanted to paint. She scraped together enough to buy a students quality field box and my world was suddenly brighter.
In 1996, two friends, and myself set up Horwich Art Society, a self-help art group catering for artists of all standards and abilities. Ten years later, we are galloping along with a membership of over one hundred and twenty!
My most often produced works are steam locomotives - as you might guess from an engineer - but whilst I love these great beasts, I often feel the need to record my reactions to events. These can take on many forms, I often change my style as I change my subject, and I rarely feel the same emotion about a subject, relying on spontaneity as much as possible. Art is all things to all people, constantly changing, always exciting, a great place to be."
11th September 2001, 2.30 p.m.
I had made lunch for my mum and myself and she was relaxing as I tidied away the dishes. I heard her gasp aloud and rushed to see if she was o.k, she pointed to the TV set and we were transfixed, as we witnessed live, the event that changed America’s perception of the world and the world’s perception of Americans. The nation that was envied and feared in equal measure was now the subject of our heartfelt love and pity as we saw those planes bury themselves into the heart of that country, inflicting wounds from which civilisation would never truly recover.
This is a ‘Holy’ war, as most wars are depicted - but not quite. My personal view, brought up as a Christian, is when the human race transgresses against its own, we crucify Christ all over again, it has happened before and it will surely happen again. The only way I could cope with the images I had seen were obviously in my art – the picture and accompanying poem I have entitled –
‘Father Forgive Them’
Innocence shattered, thrown –
into this wasteland – why?
Truth is not needed here –
reasons – they had to die.
History repeats the outrage –
generations merely comply.
"Life without Cash is tough"
"Queen's Head and Rivington Pike"
"Morton Murray, Horwich based Artist has died. He was an inspiration to all who met him and he will be missed very much by his fellow artists and friends. Our condolences go out to his wife Christine and his children. He was famous for his train paintings, but it was for his controversial painting 'Father Forgfive Them' that he gained media recognition. It was a pleasure to have known him and worked with him.