[New Print Release]

The Venal Muse - Benjamin Murphy

The second of my hand-finished Baudelaire-inspired linoprints is now available.

The Venal Muse is hand-drawn, cut, and printed; and is heavily hand embellished with ink. Each print is unique.

A3 linoprint on Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper, edition of 20




Recently I’ve been experimenting witch creating smaller tape drawings whilst trying to preserve the new level of detail I’ve been doing. Partially because they are challenging, but also because they are easier to transport.

Towards the end of February I will be exhibiting at Subliminal Projects in LA, and some of these new smaller tape drawings will be going there. This one has sold already though and won’t be.

Darkplace (2016)

A4 – electrical tape on glass



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Myself and Nick JS Thompson recently produced the music video for musician (and long-time friend of the both of us) Art Hop.

It can be viewed on my ‘Artworks’ page at the top of the screen.


Gilded Chaos is now open!!!






‘Gilded Chaos’
Preview: Thursday 14 January 6-9pm
Exhibition: 15 Jan. – 13 Feb. 2016
Beers London is proud to present Gilded Chaos, the gallery’s first solo exhibition with the London-based Benjamin Murphy. Murphy will spend two weeks prior to the exhibition, transforming the entire gallery space with his trademark aesthetic and techniques to create a totally immersive sensory experience.  Murphy has created his most labour intensive and detailed body of work especially for Beers gallery. This includes a gallery-wide installation and two-dimensional, ‘drawings’ that push the boundaries of both scale and subject matter.

Murphy is known primarily for his graphic, time-consuming installations created entirely out of black electrical tape, resulting in a stark recognisable aesthetic. This is borrowed from German expressionism, which in turn creates a subject matter that takes inspiration from Romantic literature and the history of the vanitas in art.

The artist lives in London, where he tirelessly works both in and out of studio to plan and execute elaborate tape-based drawings. Murphy’s images work on many plains of perspective and contain various contradictory elements that contain an on-going narrative or macabre. A decadent story-arc is hinted throughout, with the work referencing a range of sources mainly from poetry and classic literature, specifically creating a mystical aura around the work and allowing the spectator to create their own meaning surrounding the work.

Above – After The Day After (2015) Electrical tape on glass












Gilded Chaos opens in just under two weeks. Here are ‘In Their Entrails’ (top) and ‘For Broadmoor’ (bottom) Click photos to enlarge. All works will be new electrical tape drawings, created in 2015, never before exhibited.

Private View – 6pm-9pm January 14th BEERS Contemporary Near Old Street Tube in East London. The show then runs until the 13th of February.

Join the Facebook event for more information


Widewalls did a nice post about it too – http://www.widewalls.ch/benjamin-murphy-exhibition-beers-london/




Also presales have already begun, please email the gallery to enquire – info@beerslondon.com

Benjamin Murphy