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Anthony Murphy

Born in 1956 - Ireland

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1956 Anthony Murphy has lived and worked near Carcassonne, France since 1992. He attended Westminster School in London and during his teenage years enjoyed success as an actor, receiving an Emmy award for his performance in ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’. The artist then went on to become a lawyer working in both Britain and France before becoming a painter full time, exhibiting on a regular basis over the last twenty years.

Simplistic in structure, Anthony Murphy’s paintings allow the two-dimensional canvas to dominate the forms of the composition, reflecting an exploration of space. With a strong tonal palette, the artist chooses an array of subjects from townscapes to still life to people engaging in everyday activity.

“Trial and error are my great masters. A painting is nothing more or less than a series of brush strokes; and of each stroke one may say: If you like it, leave it; if you don’t, wipe it off. In my search for colours that move, much of a picture will end up as rags around my feet. Why some people are painters seems partly to do with this persistent desire to correct and alter the image. This persistence and tenacity can suggest that the completed image exists somewhere already, in the way Plato proposed. In fact a quiet hope of mine is to discover, on death, that the heavenly substance from which, say, all pears draw their “pearness”, looks a bit like one of my paintings.”

- Anthony Murphy

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2104 The Barbara StanleyGallery , London
2013 Redleaf Gallery, 1 Castle Street Tunbridge Wells
2013Nicholas Bowlby, AAF Hampstead, LONDON
2013 Ib Jorgensen Fine Art, Hibernian Way, DUBLIN
2011 Jb Orangery Fine Art, London
2010 The Orangery, Holland Park, London
2009 Ib Jorgensen fine art Dublin
2008 The Orangery, Holland Park, London
2007 Ib Jorgensen fine art Dublin
2006 The Orangery, Holland Park, London
2005 Ib Jorgensen fine art Dublin 2
2003 The Orangery, Holland Park, London
2002 Galerie Aalders, Golfe de St Tropez
2001 The Orangery, Holland Park, London
2000 Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
1999 The Orangery, Holland Park, London
1998 Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
1997 The Orangery, Holland Park, London
1995 Park Walk Gallery, Chelsea, London
1993 Park Walk Gallery, Chelsea, London
1991 Park Walk Gallery, Chelsea, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 Art London, Royal Hospital
2004 Ib Jorgensen fine art, Dublin, Ireland
2003 Ib Jorgensen fine art, Dublin, Ireland
2000 Toronto Art Fair, Canada
2000 The Arts Club, Dover Street, London
1999 École Supérieure de Commerce, Toulouse, France
1995 Galerie Municipale, Castelnaudary, France
1994 À la recherche du Comte de Foix, Gaston Fébus. Foix, France
1991 Drouot – L’Hermine, Paris, France


EDUCATION

1970/1975 Westminster School, London
1973 Emmy award for best actor in the starring role
of TOM BROWN’S SCHOOLDAYS,
BBC, Television Academy Awards, Los Angeles
1975-1978 New College, Oxford,
BA degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology
1982 High Holborn, London, BA degree in Law
1984 Lincoln’s Inn, London, called to the English Bar
1985-1987 Temple, 2 King’s Bench Walk & 6 Pump Court
1988-1990 Lawfirm of Clifford Chance, Paris, France

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