Gopal—Watercolor painting by Sia Shahriari
Gopal Murti has been living in Memphis since 1975. He retired in 2008 as the Director of Scientific Imaging in St. Jude children’s Research Hospital and as an Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the University of Tennessee Medical School. Gopal is well known for producing colorful and aesthetically pleasing images using electron, confocal and multiphoton microscopes. His Scientific images have garnered many National and International awards and routinely appear in college and high school text books. Since 2008, Gopal has learned watercolor painting and has already painted 200+ images on various subjects. Gopal sees beauty all around him and his eclectic taste is reflected in his paintings. He displayed his paintings in many juried exhibitions and has just received his first watercolor painting award from the Memphis-Germantown Art League (MGAL) at their Spring 2012 Juried Exhibition. He currently serves as the President of MGAL, an organization representing 160+ Greater Memphis Area artists (

Gopal trained in watercolor painting from the renowned painter, Mr. Fred Rawlinson (Atelier-Rawlinson Gallery and Studio), and has painted images of landscapes, portraits, animals, botanicals, etc. Some of these can be seen on the website, More recent paintings focus on women and their emotions. One of these paintings entitled "Introspection" has won the Creativity award at a recent MGAL Spring Show. Gopal has been showing his paintings at a number of juried shows over the years including Atelier Annual Shows, MGAL Annual Shows, and WKNO (PBS) Art shows. He also donates his art to non-profit organizations such as Public Broadcasting Society and Pediatric Leukemia Hospital in New Delhi, India.
Organizational Affiliation
★ Memphis-Germantown Art League (MGAL) Member, Gold Star Artist and President (2012-2014).
★ Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS) Member.
Acceptance in Juried Exhibitions
★ 2010:  MGAL Spring and Autumn Exhibitions; St. George’s Independent School Fine Art Show and Sale.
★ 2011: MGAL National Juried Exhibition; MGAL Spring Exhibition; MGAL Star Artist Exhibition; MGAL Autumn Juried Exhibition; Spring into Green (Shelby Farm Park, Memphis) Juried Art Sale and Silent Auction.
★ 2012:  Gibson County Visual Arts Association (GCVAA) National Juried Exhibition; MGAL Spring Exhibition; MGAL Winter Exhibition.
★ 2013: TWS juried online show; Illinois Watercolor Society National Exhibition; MGAL Spring Exhibition; MGAL National Exhibition; MGAL Winter Exhibition.
★ 2014:  MGAL Star Artist Exhibition; GCVAA National Exhibition; MGAL Spring Exhibition.
★ 2014:  Atelier Artists Exhibition entitled “Tree” at the Memphis Botanical Gardens.
Independent Shows
★ 2010:  Magna Bank One Artist Show-an Exhibit of 25 paintings in 5 branches in Greater Memphis.
★ 2013: One Artist show entitled “Science to Art” in Sam and Beverly Ross Gallery of Christian Brother’s University, Memphis.
★ 2012 MGAL Annual Spring Exhibition, Painting Title: “Introspection”. Judge’s award for Creativity.
★ 2013 MGAL Star Artists show, Painting Title: “Taking Care of Business”, Honorable Mention.
★ 2013 MGAL-Gold Star Artist.
★ 2014 MGAL Spectrum Award for Leadership and Creative Enthusiasm.
★ 2014 Invited Speaker- Artist’s Link-Memphis.
★ 2014 MGAL Winter Exhibition, Judge's Special Award for Creativity, Painting Titled "Panni Stesi Sul Canale"