Congratulations to Olivia Colman

I am incredibly pleased that Olivia Colman won best actress at the Oscars a while ago. The Favourite is a great film, and Olivia is seriously the loveliest, and most down-to-earth person I’ve ever met.

In 2017 she commissioned this portrait of her and her husband Ed, and they were both such a pleasure to draw. I went to their house a few times, and took photos of them, as well as objects and patterns from throughout their house that had some sentimental value to them. I then combined all of these elements into the artwork below.

Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman Commission

 

If you haven’t seen Olivia’s acceptance speech you should definitely watch it, as it proves how truly lovely she is in real life.

For more portrait commissions, check out this Portrait of Ingrid, or this Portrait of Novelist Nick Harkaway

Printing Process Video

I am very happy to announce that my newest print Envy For The Living sold out in just 24 hours! It sold out so fast that I didn’t have a chance to blog this printing process video, which was expertly made by Nick JS Thompson.

I’d like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who bought one, and I’m sorry to anyone who missed out. My next print release won’t be for a while, but if you’d like to be the first to hear of any new releases, please sign up to my mailing list at the top right of this page.

I spent days drawing and carving the image into a sheet of birch, and weeks carving out the negative space. I am very grateful for the print studio at the university where I lecture (University of the Arts London) allowing me to use this incredible Columbian press from the early 1900s.

To see the finished print, please click this link

Envy For The Living – NEW PRINT RELEASE (now sold out)

It has been four years since I released my last woodcut, which proved to be my most popular print to date. I’m very excited to announce that my newest woodcut ENVY FOR THE LIVING is available NOW!

ENVY FOR THE LIVING is a woodcut, which has been hand drawn, cut, and printed by myself, using a Columbian printing press from the early 1900s.

It is printed on the highest quality Norfolk 210gsm Cartridge paper, using archival oil-based printmaking inks.
In a limited edition of only 15

envy for the living

Within the print, I have included background references to Henri Matisse, Vanitas Painting, Ancient Greek sculpture, Piet Mondrian, and Bas Jan Ader. As usual, the title is taken from a work of classic literature, this time from Lev Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

 

To purchase please [CLICK HERE]

I was also recently included in Stylist Magazine’s list of hot new art prints, with my linoprint from 2018 Hamartia (Sold Out).

envy for the living

Hamartia – Stylist Magazine 2019

Faded Glory – Two Person Show in San Francisco

Faded Glory – With Nick JS Thompson

Faded Glory - Benjamin Murphy & Nick JS Thompson

Faded Glory install shots

My most recent show was a two-person show with my friend and long-time collaborator Nick JS Thompson. For FADED GLORY, we decided to approach the show with a strong curatorial vision, hanging the heterogenous works experimentally, so as to combine Nick’s photography with my paintings. The show opened at Book & Job gallery in San Francisco on the 7th of February in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.

We made the decision early on to both work in black and white and only on paper. We also decided to focus on interiors, with a strong pattern-based approach – many of the work featured plants and fabric patterns, but with no figures.

As well as this, we decided not to frame any of the works, and to affix them directly to the walls of the gallery, so that there would be as few constraints as possible in terms of combining works, and allowing them to disrupt one another. We wanted the effect to be one that is somewhat jarring, as if the works fit together, but only by altering each other quite aggressively. We made the works with the other in mind, but we didn’t make them together, and we didn’t plan how they wee going to interact when we were making them.

Faded Glory - Benjamin Murphy & Nick JS Thompson

Faded Glory install shots

Face Value 3

Overall, I very much enjoyed the process of allowing my works to be so drastically altered, but perhaps only because I trusted the person doing the alterations. I am taking part in another show in April entitled Face Value 3, which is curated by Mizog Art’s founder Gary Mansfield. (I was recently interviewed on the Mizog Art podcast, which you can listen to HERE). In this show, which is in aid of the Katie Piper Foundation, I will be donating a work which will be altered by another artist, as well as altering a piece by Jessica Albarn. This show opens on the 18th of April at Jealous Gallery.

 

For more photos of exhibitions I’ve had recently, check out my show Trinity at The Saatchi Gallery, which is still up.

Install Shots of my show Trinity at the Saatchi Gallery

Here are some install shots of my recent show Trinity at The Saatchi Gallery. This was a really great experience for me, as it was the first time I’ve ever completely covered with tape the entirety of the walls that my work is presented on. As well as that, it’s the Saatchi, which is always a great place to show. 

install shots
This was also only the second time I’ve exhibited sculpture alongside my tape paintings. One of these was a collaboration with Wilma Vaisanen. 

Install shots

After the show finished, The Saatchi Gallery decided to extend part of my show, so the sold works were sent off to their respective new owners, and the others were rehung on the smaller of my two walls, which they can still be viewed on now.

 

To see more of the individual works in the show, please go HERE

To see the remaining available works, please go HERE

Mizog Art Podcast

I was very happy to have been invited by Gary Mansfield to guest on the Mizog Art podcast. My episode has just been released, so have a listen if you want to hear me waffle on about art for an hour.

Mizog art podcast

Mizog Art

During our conversation, we discuss such themes as:

Delphian Gallery, and why myself and Nick JS Thompson decided to start a gallery; My shows at The Saatchi Gallery, Mine and Nick’s show at Book & Job Gallery in California, the Stamford Prison Experiment, Marina Abramovic, Jeremy Deller, and lots of other art and non-art related things.

If you’d like to check it out, you can do so

[HERE]

Please SHARE it like crazy, and let me know what you think.

xx

Highlights and Thanks for 2018

2018 was a massive year for me, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been involved in some amazing projects, so I thought I’d compile a little list of highlights and thanks. It was a VERY busy year, and as such there is a lot to cover; inevitably I am going to miss some stuff accidentally, and if I do miss you our I’m sorry, I’ll update the list as and when. That’s also the reason I am so late to the party in posting this.

 

  • One of the biggest highlights of the year was my solo show Lavish Entropy with Delphian Gallery in the summer, which was a lot of fun being able to host my own show at my gallery – possibly the biggest thanks of all to my business partner Nick JS Thompson.
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Lavish Entropy at Delphian Gallery

  • I have been hired as an associate lecturer at University of the Arts London, which I’m super happy about. I have a deep love of learning (I wish I did whilst I was actually at uni though), and I love being in such a buzzing hub of creativity – thanks to my new boss Charley Peters for this.
  • I have exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery three times this year, the latter of the three shows being one in which I had a lot of wall space to myself to do what I like with, and so felt like a mini solo show. Thanks to all at the Saatchi for this.

 

  • At my solo show, I also released my first play Flowering Desolation, which is written entirely using single sentences harvested from over 80 sources of classic literature. It is available to download for free HERE. Thanks to Kenton Thomas for all your help with formatting it, and being the first to read it and give me feedback.
  • For my solo show catalogue I asked one of my all time favourite artists Andrew Salgado to write a little something. I was blown away by the response, which was a 1000 word essay, and summed me up better than I ever could have done myself.
  • The gallery I co-own Delphian Gallery has really taken off, and I’m super happy to have been included in such a great project. We launched a little over a year ago, and am already exhibiting some of my favourite contemporary artists. These include solo shows with Jordy Kerwick, Florence Hutchings, and Carson Lancaster – HUGE thanks to them.
  • Also a big thanks to Stuart Waplington and all at theprintspace for allowing us to do some shows in their space, and helping out with everything.
  • The Delphian Open Call was incredible, receiving over 8,000 submissions which was CRAZY. The overall winner was Florence Hutchings, and the other winners included Igor Moritz, Geoffrey Bohm, Jonathan Edelhuber, Bertrand Fournier, Ellie Geary, Philip Gerald, Rosie Gilligan, Klaus Is Coming, and loads more – thank you all.

 

 

I have a really exciting 2019 planned, which involves.

  • Writing my first book (!)
  • At Delphian Gallery we are hosting a two person show with Kevin Perkins and Igor Moritz, and the debut UK solo show of Bertrand Fournier. As well as these, we’re launching our second annual Open Call.
  • A two-person show with myself and Nick JS Thompson at Book & Job gallery in San Fransisco.
  • I also plan to make more sculpture and some more oil paintings in 2019, and start showing them.

Trinity – Saatchi Gallery

My upcoming show Trinity at the Saatchi Gallery is quickly approaching, and I have one work still to finish. My newest piece Safe Word is below, and was completed this week.

SAFEWORD for Trinity at the Saatchi Gallery

SAFEWORD for Trinity at the Saatchi Gallery

 

This piece is 30x40x4cm, black electrical tape on glass, encased in clear resin and framed in a hand-carved solid birch frame.

I will be presenting 9 new works, and taping all over the walls and pillars.

 

To see more of my works for the show check out this post.

Jordy Kerwick debut UK solo show

I am very excited to announce that I am co-curating the first ever UK solo show of one of my favourite contemporary painters Jordy Kerwick.

Diary of an Introvert opens with Delphian Gallery on the 6th of December, join the Facebook event for more info HERE

Last year I exhibited in a show curated by Jordy in Copenhagen, so it’s nice to be able to return the favour.

Jordy Kerwick - Diary Of An Introvert

Jordy Kerwick – Diary Of An Introvert

Delphian Gallery is proud to present ‘Diary of an Introvert’ by Jordy Kerwick (b. 1982). This will be Kerwick’s debut UK solo show. With a substantial Instagram following, he is part of a new generation of internationally renowned artists who attribute part of their success to connecting, sharing, and selling online.

His work draws on the contours of organic forms in domestic settings. Texture and colour inhabit his canvas, often centred on a potted plant. Sometimes traces of human life present themselves in way of an abandoned cigarette or a pile of books, their titles written playfully on their spines almost as if conversing with the viewer. The artist utilises a decisive use of impasto paint in blocks of colour combined with anarchic references to drugs, punk, and the odd romantic poet or philosopher. Kerwick’s paintings go beyond simply beautiful subject matter to reveal deeply personal stories like an inside joke.

Delphian Gallery will be showing Kerwick‘s latest body of work of original paintings, as well as releasing his first ever limited edition prints.

Jordy Kerwick - Diary Of An Introvert

Jordy Kerwick – Diary Of An Introvert

Private view – 6th December 6-9pm
Exhibition runs 7th – 16th December.

For the catalogue of available works please email info@delphiangallery.com

Lectures This Month

I am very excited to announce that I am giving three lectures in the next few weeks, so if you’d like to come hear me speak please do.

The first is at The University of Salford’s London Teachers Conference on 13/11/18

I am an alumni of The University of Salford, and have been asked to close the ceremony with a 40 minute lecture about myself and my work. I did my Bachelors Degree and my Masters Degree both at the uni, so it is a real honour to be asked by them to speak at one of their events. This lecture will be delivered in the Churchill War Rooms, which again, is also a massive honour.

 

The second is at University of the Arts in London, at the Camberwell campus, for Artiq. This is part of Creative Arts Week, and the title of the talk is How To Make The Art Market Work For You

This will be a panel discussion with three speakers, who will each give a short lecture before the discussion. At the end, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Tickets for this free event can be found at the link above.

 

Next month, I will be chairing another panel discussion at Delphian Gallery, the details of this will be released in due time.

There is also more exciting regular lecture news to come, details of which I will also release soon.

Benjamin Murphy