Thomas Murray is an independent researcher, collector and private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian printed trade cloths from the 14th-18th Centuries.
A HALI magazine contributing editor for the last 25 years, he serves as their "in-house" expert on all ethnographic textiles, with more than 45 publications. He has lectured widely, including "Ottoman Influences on Islamic Calligraphic Batik from Indonesia", "Li Textiles of Hainan, Seeking the Source of Lost Austronesian Iconography", "Lampung Imagery: Textile Iconography of South Sumatra", "Revealing Austronesian Aesthetics" and most recently "A Personal Perspective on the Collecting of Non Western Art". Samples of his essays and book reviews may be accessed here.
Thomas Murray is Past President of ATADA, The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association.
Thomas Murray recently served a three year term as a member of President Obama's Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the State Department. President Obama said, "This dedicated individual brings a wealth of experience and talent to his new role and I am proud to have him serve in the months and years to come." link to press release>