Murphy shows at Julie Heller Gallery
July 16 - 22, 2004
Murphy paints a world of spectacular seascapes, golden dunes, atmospheric
landscapes, lit and shadowed forests, city vistas along the East
River near her home in downtown Manhattan.
She paints the architectural forms within rural, urban and coastal
environments as they experience the effects of a changing world. But
it is in the white light of the Cape where she
has found enduring inspiration and the camaraderie of the community
of painters over the length of her career. Next week Murphy will exhibit
a group of recent paintings at Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown.
she finished her studies at The Swain School of Art and Design, Murphy
undertook her own art journey, traveling from painting to painting
intended to settle in Paris,
but after awhile, she realized that what had always inspired her was
American, the land, the music, the people, the culture, and she came
home again. Later, in Provincetown,
Murphy was introduced to the theories of Henry Henshe and the interpretation
of notes of color as revealed in varying light. Light and color are
the essential elements of Murphy’s language.
has always been a landscape painter, from her earliest days at Swain.
Over the ensuing years, she has brought to the plein-air tradition
an increasingly expressionist brushwork and nearly abstract distillation
in composition, ordering horizon, sky and land to their essential forms,
creating paintings of dynamic color and rhythmic structure. The core
of her work is not merely a depiction of nature, nor the human adaptations
of nature; rather, it is the painter’s relationship with nature manifested
in the process of painting.
painting is a kind of conversation with the world the painter experiences,
a conversation shaped by the painter’s pleasure in the sensuality of
paint and color, in the dazzle of reflection on water, the deep shadows
of a weathered facade, an orange sky, and in the transitory movement
of light – a linear passage that is temporary and constant.
the viewer sees recognizable places, sometimes only colors and textures
reminiscent of landscape motifs, a fleeting encounter with twilight,
dusk, or dawn. This painter works with a startling naturalism that
we trust. These are images that live on, beyond their origin, beyond
their making, in the richness of their visual texture and emotional
Murphy has exhibited in San Francisco;
in Newport, RI;
in Provincetown at the
Wolfarth Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and Julie
Heller Gallery; and in New York at
Bread and Roses Gallery. In
2004 she was awarded a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.
further details and photographs, Please call Julie Heller Gallery