West Murray

"Art has been my life & life has been about art."

West Murray, born Oceanside, NY 1948 (Two By Two Client #2, 2020)
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I started as a stylist and creative director for various fashion and advertising photographers in NYC. I worked for Wrangler, Lee Jeans, Bloomingdales to name a few. I have always had a love for vintage children’s clothes. I collected them going around the US to old “Mom and Pop” stores. I created and opened a vintage children’s store in Soho NY called KIDZ in 1980 with never used “dead stock” clothing. I went on to create and design a line of high end children’s clothes with Jackie Shapiro called Izzy and later called Jango. The line was sold in Barney’s, Saks, Neiman Marcus and speciality stores like Fred Segals to name a few. I continued working as a stylist with photographers for major ad campaigns such as Kohler, Puma and dressing celebrities such as 50 Cent, Missy Eliot and others.

Then I started taking photos myself in 2000 of a wide variety of subjects. I have spent my life searching for the unusual whether it is beautiful people, odd people on the streets of NYC or fantastic pieces of clothing. My work encompasses the eccentric characters who make up the underbelly of New York.

“I’ve lived my life to the fullest and want to inspire others by all that I see and find.”

Man in a WIndow
Boy with a Cigarette
Boy with a Cigarette
Taxi, NYC 2010
Wheel Legs, NYC 2008
Wheel Legs, NYC 2008
Portrait of Gigi Stoll, Tribeca 2020
Portrait of Gigi Stoll, Tribeca 2020
Patrick McBride, Tribeca 2000
Patrick McBride, Tribeca 2000
Jenny
Homeless Girl, NYC 2006
Portrait of West Murray © Gigi Stoll
Alvero
Sascha
Rio, Boxer

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