Artists portray the inimitable Bill Murray 32 different ways: by Mark Wilson via FastCoDesign

Bill Murray will be the subject of honor in an upcoming art show in SF. Here's a selection of the 200 or so portraits that will be on display.

Steve Zissou - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

"Bill Monroe"

Ernie McCracken - Kingpin

"Bill Murray Delirium"

Bob Wiley - What About Bob?

Don Johnston - Broken Flowers

"Bust of Murray"

Ernie McCracken - Kingpin

A portrait of Bill Murray, in a den surrounded by his best roles.

Bill Murray in mixed media.

Phil - Groundhog Day

"I am BFM" (while we assume stands for I am Bill Fucking Murray)

Steve Zissou - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Carl the Groundskeeper - Caddyshack

Bob Harris - Lost In Translation

"Don't Hassle Me"
Bob Wiley - What About Bob?

We don't have a title on this one, and we don't recognize the film. Can anyone spot the influence? [Update: OK! OK! It's Lost In Translation!]

Bob Wiley - What About Bob?

John - Stripes

"Murray Omega"

"Papa Steve"
Steve Zissou - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

"I Heart Bill Murray"

Bill Murray in stamps.

"Shady Character"

"The Ever Present Murray"


Peter Venkman - Ghostbusters


Untitled portrait.

"Why So Hilarious Bill Murray"

"39 Little Known Facts About Bill Murray"


The Inimitable Bill Murray, 32 Different Ways

The man. The myth. The legend.

Bill Murray has played an incredible array of characters across a career spanning 74 movies and TV shows. Peter Venkman. Ernie McCracken. Herman Blume. Garfield. Bill Murray. Bill Murray. Bill Murray.

In tribute, San Francisco’s Public Works gallery will host The Murray Affair on August 8 ($12), a one-day show that will feature as many as 200 original portraits of Bill Murray submitted from an open call of non-commissioned artists. Organizer Ezra Croft, who has, in the past, hosted a similar celebration of Nicolas Cage, cites Murray’s "awesome catalogue of greatness" as his muse for the event.

Based on the few dozen portraits already submitted, it's clear that the artists are taking plenty of creative license. "The strangest conceptions of Murray we've gotten have been very metaphysical," Croft says. "I really like the Rushmore-related ones and the kingpin Ernie McCrackens."

Kim Herbst

I never thought I’d see the day when Phil, Murray’s cocky weatherman from Groundhog Day, would be impaled with a stream of rainbow buckshot spewing from a groundhog’s mouth, all to the backdrop of Nyan Cat. Nor did I expect to witness Ernie McCracken, Murray’s perilously combed-over bowler from Kingpin, rendered faithfully in traditional oil paint. The variety captures the tone of Murray himself: a hilarious spectacle with one foot planted in the zany and one in the sincere.

Works will be available for sale, from $20 to $15,000 (!).

Learn more here.


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