Morag Muir was born in Glasgow in 1960. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee from 1978-83 under, amongst others, Alberto Morocco, Peter Collins and Dave McClure. Later, she taught at Duncan of Jordanstone, before concentrating on her own painting career.
Morag takes inspiration from domestic interiors, family memorabilia, photographs, flowers and bric a brac. The luxurious veils of colour, flat planes and ambiguous space create something magical from everyday items. In recent years her palette has become increasingly vivid, often echoing the hues of Eastern iconography and early Christian art. As much as anything Morag is driven by the sheer joy of painting, the physical act of mixing colour and media to achieve specific textures and transparencies; and the constant challenge of communicating her personal aesthetic in physical form.
Morag is the recipient of several art awards. These include: the John Milne Purvis Prize; Scottish Education Department Major Travelling Scholarship; and a Scottish Arts Council Bursary for printmaking. She also received the Small Painting Award (RSW) and three prestigious awards at the Paisley Art Institute.