Based in Glasgow, Murison's formal art training has been through creative art classes in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde. In 2015, he reached the final stage of the BBC Little Painting Challenge and his entry was chosen as one of those exhibited at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Mainly paint landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and occasionally portraits and still lifes, Murison's favoured medium is acrylics.
'I like my work to be a true memory of a place - to look like what I think of when I remember it. My best work comes from a memory of a favourite place or time of year. I have found that time spent on composition/design from the outset is the key to a successful painting. I usually start with a thumbnail sketch which helps me develop a composition by rearranging and prioritizing different elements from the very beginning to get a sense of "wholeness." I think carefully about the values of the colours I use to maintain the overall range of value contrasts. I always go back and re-establish the original value range as I find that the value range always tends to contract during the development of the painting. I like to use lots of colour but keep it subtle by careful consideration of adjacent colours. My major influences have been been Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, Richard Diebenkorn and Joaquin Sorolla'
Michael Murisons' paintings have been exhibited and sold at;
The ScotlandArt Gallery, Bath Street, Glasgow
ARTeries Gallery, Glasgow
The Thistle Gallery, Glasgow.
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Clarkston and District Annual Christian Aid Exhibition
The Big Art Show, Paisley
Most recently, the art department of the new Rebus series, out in 2024, used one of his paintings in the set design.
His painting ‘Blue Moon’ featured on the cover of artmag, issue 278