• Pillow Divers

    graphite on paper
    30" x 22"  |  2018

  • Call in the Night

    graphite on paper
    22" x 30"  |  2018

  • Aerial Architecture

    graphite on paper
    30" x 22"  |  2016

  • Haunted By Tradition

    graphite on paper
    22" x 30"  |  2010

MARILYN MURPHY Representation (4) Website CV

Nashville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing

Marilyn Murphy, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, came to Nashville as a Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University in 1980. Her work has been shown in almost 400 exhibitions nationally and abroad. She has had a mid-career survey at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and a two-person exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art. She has artwork in many public and private collections. Recently, Murphy has had solo exhibitions at the Morris Museum in Augusta, GA, the Fine Arts Gallery at Vanderbilt University, and the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN. Her work is represented by Adler & Co. in San Francisco, Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, and Moreman Maloney Contemporary in Louisville, KY.

“There is a particular logic inherent in Murphy’s conjunction, one based on visual punning and the slightly too bright, almost halated quality of her tonalities. If this is dreaming, it is lucid dreaming, a knowing exploitation of the dream state by Murphy to provide her and us, with images and sensations of improbable freedom and thrilling or hilarious juxtaposition.” — Peter Frank, Curator/Art Critic, Los Angeles

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Since moving to Nashville in 1980, I continue to be influenced by the rich storytelling traditions of the South. Where I live deeply affects my work. The scent of the earth here exudes a mystery to me that I am trying to solve with my own visual language. Not copying elements of the landscape onto a canvas but delving into time. Many of my works comment upon the act of seeing, the creative process or some aspect of human relationships while occasionally, my art explores political issues or invented games. The mysterious narrative quality and chiaroscuro lighting from Film Noir as well as the sense of optimism in magazines from the 1940’s and early 1950’s often informs my drawings and paintings. I manipulate scale or use the action of the wind and clouds to create an atmosphere that moves beyond reality. The writings of Gaston Bachelard, (1884-1962), who wrote Air and Dreams and The Poetics of Space, have long resonated with my interest in dreamlike imagery.

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