Scouted: Megan Hurdle Fine Art

As Winston S. Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” For artist and TSG Memphis Vol. 2 member Megan Hurdle, this quote couldn’t be truer. Discovering her passion for painting at a young age in her grandmother’s studio, Megan credits her art as a way “to create things that elevate the mundane, make beautiful what many might see as ugly, and connect, if only for a moment, with the raw, the real, the remarkable.” She paints pieces as a way to make sense of the world, and she creates works of art that are special and unique to her clients.

Megan Hurdle’s one-of-a-kind mixed media pieces on paper feature a variety of pigments, such as gouache, acrylics, oil pastels, copper, collage, resin finish, and chalk. Her skull works explore the masculine side of her work, while her crown pieces touch on the more feminine side of her inspiration of costumes and dress-up. Megan’s paintings are highly sought after as they make the perfect additions to her clients’ homes, so naturally, she stayed busy during the holidays creating some gorgeous commission pieces to be placed neatly under the tree. 

Mother, artist, creator…Megan Hurdle is so many things, but she put it best when she said, “Art is not what I do. It’s who I am.” 

Megan Hurdle and the Memphis Bowery head to New York for POP UP

Five Southerners bring their artwork to 168 Bowery for a pop up show on Friday and Saturday November 13 & 14.  Three painters, a photographer, and a sculptor, all from Memphis, comprise the group showing in the Openhouse space. 

Photographer Catherine Erband painter Megan Hurdle both have participated in group shows aroundthe South. They recently had a duo show in New Orleansand so enjoyed the experience that theyconceived ofa larger group show in another city.  Painter Margaret Munz-Losch,  who is currently showing at theAmericanVisionary Museum in Baltimore, is joining themalong with sculptor Eli Goldand painter Stephanie King.

“Between the five of us we have shown our work in a dozen cities. We wanted to take our group show to a new place, and New York will connect us to a vibrant art scene as well as a goodly number of expatriate Southerners,” said Hurdle. 

Viewing hours will be 10 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday with the opening reception on Friday from 6 to 9 pm. Expect great art and some Southern hospitality in the way of refreshments.  

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"At a young age, Megan remembers her grandmother being her biggest source of inspiration. With a studio located in her grandmother’s house, Megan began painting when she would spend the night during the weekends. Now a full fledged artist herself, her 10 year-old daughter inspires works like her crown series."

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Megan Hurdle, "Its good to be King" show at LRoss gallery

‘It’s Good to Be The King’

Linda Ross could have served grilled peanut butter and “’nanner” sandwiches to her guests at the Aug. 7 opening reception for “It’s Good to be The King” at L Ross Gallery. But instead of Elvis’s signature sandwich, Linda provided a genteel variation: little cupcakes — some with peanut butter icing and some with banana cream icing.

Nineteen artists were represented at the show devoted to images of Elvis. Megan Hurdle included three of her Elvis paintings. She went from his head — “The King” — to his toes — “Blue Suede Shoes.”

Elvis was an easy subject, Megan said. “Just the iconic being that he was,” she said. “Being from Memphis, it’d be like drawing your father or your brother. Just familiar.”

The painting is her fourth version of “Blue Suede Shoes,” Megan said. “I don’t know if he ever wore them. I’m sure that he did. That’s just kind of what comes to mind when you think of Elvis: ‘Hound Dog,’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’”