The Work of David Murphy

Dreaming of America, 2007, watercolor on paper, 20 x 16 in.

Spirit Rhythm, 2011, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22.5 in.

Bethesda Fountain in the Snow, 2011, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in.

Head of Man in Pain, 2011, acrylic on paper, 18 x 12 in.

Notes From the Asylum, 2011, acrylic and collage on canvas, 59 x 39 in.

From the artist's statement:

At heart, I am an Expressionist artist; my art is the very opposite of 'arts for art’s sake', in fact I see no separation between my art and my life, both feed from each other to form a highly autobiographical art. 

Cataclysm, 2011, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22.5 in.

Pan No. 5, 2011, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22.5 in.

Sunset Over I.M.M.A., 2007 acrylic on canvas, 18 x 14 in.

David Murphy in his studio, Dublin, Ireland, 2012

Eileen at N.C.A.D. Party, 2008, acrylic on paper, 22.5 x 30 in.

 My drawings have a strong, confident graphic outline - I know what I want, and what I want to leave out. My drawing and painting style is direct and summary, I do not attempt to hide my brush-marks, and their raw exposure gives my work its emotional depth. I pile up cryptic words, scratchy drawing, wild gestures and lunges of vivid colour. The words come from, philosophy, 
feminist, media and art books, Indie music and my own wild thoughts.

- David Murphy

Maud Gone, 2009, watercolor on paper, 20 x 16 in.

Emily at Fibber's No. 2, 2010, Watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 in.

End of Days, 2009, acrylic on paper, 24 x 18 in.

Alice, 2009, acrylic on paper, 25 x 19 in.

Nude Girl with Beer, 2009, acrylic on paper, 19 x 25 in.

Hurricane, 2010, acrylic on paper, 20 x 16 in.

David Murphy (born 1971) is a prolific, Expressionist / Realist painter and writer living and working in Dublin, Ireland. To view more of Murphy's work follow the link here.

*All work pictured © David Murphy.


Debu Barve said…
Fantastic, expressive work!
Thanks for sharing Paul.
nic coviello said…
another English / Irish artist you introduced me to - I like it. I understand his drawing.
Paul Behnke said…
Hey Nic-
I first became aware of David's work years ago but finally got to meet him last year when he came to NYC for a visit!