Michael Murrell
"You have to know what you want to get. But when you know that, let it take you. And if it seems to take you off the track, don't hold back, because perhaps it is instinctively where you want to be. And if you hold back and try to be always where you have been before, you will go dry." — Gertrude Stein

"…between the very primitive and the most refined there is some basic affinity that transcends values, links everything together." — James Krenov

"Sculpture may be made of anything and will be valued for its intrinsic sculptural qualities. However, it seems to me that the natural mediums of wood and stone, alive before man, have the greater capacity to comfort us with the reality of our being. They are as familiar as the earth, a matter of sensibility. In our times we think to control nature only to find it escapes us. I for one return recurrently to the earth in my search for the meaning of sculpture." — Isamu Noguchi



"Michael Murrell's wood and metal sculptures are so beautiful, graceful and evocative, that the drought in his local exhibition opportunities over the last 10 years is unfathomable." — Amy Jinkner Lloyd,
Art in America

"He shapes his messages in metaphors, making wood bloom, fly, sail and pray." — Cathy Byrd,
Creative Loafing

"They encompass man and nature's primordial affinities..." — Catherine Fox, Atlanta Constitution

"Michael Murrell's recent exhibition was a tour de force of color, mixed media, and sheer conceptual boldness." — David Darracott, Sculpture Magazine



"Although my sculptures reflect my admiration of nature, I view them more as poetic objects than reproductions of form." — Michael Murrell