Neil Murphy, American  

Neil Murphy

A blend of styles, influenced by Asian landscapes (I grew up in Hawaii) and Western abstraction, characterize my work. Science and the whimsical often fuel my conceptual directions. Media are primarily ink and acrylic washes. Frequently paintings created with those traditional media types are modified by first scanning them to computer, working on the images in the digital domain, printing them as a member of a limited edition, then finishing the work by embellishing each by hand, again with traditional media.

I use unprimed canvas or archival paper as a base. Washes and inks are applied to a horizontal, flat canvas and are layered repeatedly – 30 or 40 layers of acrylic washes are not unusual to build a section of an image.

Most work is available as either the original painting, or limited-edition print in a range of sizes. Using large-format professional ink-jet printers, images are printed on acid-free cotton paper using exceptionally durable pigmented archival inks. Colors are accurate and long lasting. Limited edition prints offer a cost-effective way to own fine art. Because I hand-finish and embellish each print, every member of the edition is unique.

Recent Exhibitions & Publications

2015: Group Exhibit, Paying it Forward, Pacific Art League, Curator Lainey Sainte-Marie, July - Aug.
2015: Blog: Neil Murphy Working in the Edge: By Leigh Toldi
2015: Blog: Corporate Art Installation: Avalanche Biotech, by Lainey Saint-Marie
2015: Installation, Avalanche Biotechnology, Neurobiology series, June - Sept.
2015: Group Exhibit, "Dimensions" Peninsula Art Institute, May
2014: Group Exhibit, "Science, Technology and the Future of Art" Pacific Art League, Thru Nov.
2014: Group Exhibit, "Shadows" Peninsula Art Institute, Thru Nov. 16th
2014: international juried competition, honorable mention "Water" Essence of Life.
2014: PJCC Gallery Juried Exhibit (First place, Mixed media), Foster City, CA
2014: Aesthetica Magazine, Issue 59, June/July
2014: Peninsula Art Institute Gallery, Group Show
2013: Group Exhibit, Small Works, Peninsula Art Institute
2013: Group Exhibit, October-December, Art Liaisons @ Mistral in Redwood City, CA
2013: Solo Exhibition: Curious Maps of Impossible Places, PAI Gallery Exhibits.
2013: Ionic Magazine Issue 4, The Retina ’s Unintuitive Wiring − Why Did Evolution Do That?
2013: Finalist - California State Capital Painting Exhibit
2012: PJCC Gallery Juried Exhibit (Second place, 2D work), Foster City, CA
2012: Monterey Museum of Art, Miniatures Exhibit, Nov. 14 - Dec 31, 2012, Monterey, CA
2012: Silvia White Gallery, Juried group show, Ventura, CA Opening reception photos
2012: Pacific Art League Main Gallery, Juried Exhibit "Pressing Matters" Nov 2-29, 2012, Palo Alto, CA
2011 Caldwell Gallery, Redwood City, CA

The exhibits listed below are not current, but were important to my growth as an artist. They represent a period in the 70's/80's when I was pursuing a career as a full-time artist - and before I added graphic design and audio engineering to my professional mix.
– S.F. MOMA "Mix Graphics II" San Francisco, CA., group exhibit
- Wenger Gallery, Solo exhibition, San Francisco, CA.
- Zara Gallery, Solo exhibition, San Francisco, CA.
- Woodward Gallery, Solo exhibition, Scottsdale, Arizona
- Arras Gallery, Solo exhibition, N.Y., N.Y.
- The Julie Gallery, Solo exhibition, N.Y., N.Y.
- Downtown Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA.
- Walnut Creek Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA. "The Fine Arts Presses, A Survey of Master Printmaking"

Art studio located at the Peninsula Art Institute, Studio #29, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA. 94010

Professional Career Notes - what I've also been up to...

Founding Partner and Creative Director, Ghostdog Design, 1987- present.
Ghostdog provides graphic and web design to fortune 500s, pharmaceutical, life science, biotech companies, and technology startups.

Production Manager, Computer Speech Lab, National Semiconductor Co., Santa Clara, CA. 1981-87.
The lab team created synthetic human speech in multiple languages for a wide variety of 'talking' products. "Your door is ajar!"

Audio Engineer, Studio C, S.F., CA. 1978-81. Sound effects creation, recording and post production for film and video. 1978-81. Studio C, S.F., CA.

Graphic Designer & Location Sound Recordist, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Juneau, AK. 1978. Traveled S.E. Alaska coast and waterways as part of a two man crew making a documentaries about Alaska's commercial salmon fishery. Job to die for (almost literally) – learned far too much about Alaskan bush pilots.

Ohm's Law Sound Lab. A 'crew-of-one' mini-company (1978-1982). Film and video sound production. Clients for sound design, effects, and music include Levis Strauss & Co. and Sesame Street. An Arp Odyssey and home-brewed synthesizers fueled this sonic adventure.

Amazing Life Games. Sausilito, CA. 1973 -77. Photographer, sound recordist, and Foley artist for this educational film production company.
Education in brief

CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics), Stanford University, CA.,
San Francisco Art Institute, S.F., CA., University of Hawaii, East-West Center,
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale Michigan

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