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.
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
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.
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I was also recently included in Stylist Magazine’s list of hot new art prints, with my linoprint from 2018 Hamartia (Sold Out).
I was recently invited to take part in the annual JNY project, in which 30 artists each released a print which was printed by Jealous Gallery. Each was an edition of 36, and mine was a three-layer screen print of one of my most popular works to date, Ophelia. The original was inspired by the character of the same name from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and is an A4 black electrical tape painting on glass, which I then encased in resin and framed. It was shown at my fifth solo show Lavish Entropy with Delphian Gallery in July.
I absolutely LOVE how they printed these, with a subtle grey layer to delineate the shadows under where the tape is on the original, and a gloss white layer on the flowers. I was very happy to have been invited to take part in this project again, as I had such great feedback about my print from the project a few years ago.
After shows in both Jealous galleries, these prints went on to be exhibited for a whole month at The Saatchi Gallery, in their Prints & Originals room. It was incredible to show at the Saatchi again, as it’s one of my favourite London Galleries. They also shared my piece on their Instagram account and in their mailinglist, which was flattering.
I have held back a batch of these prints and will be making them available for sale just before Christmas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add yourself to the waiting list if you would like one.
Big thanks to Dario, Louise, Nick, as well as Paul at The Saatchi for making this happen again.
My first full-sized lino print since 2015 is now available!
A2 linopint (hand drawn, cut, and printed)
Torn-edged Fabriano Rosaspina Bianco paper.
Edition of 17.
Follow the Prints link at the top of this page to purchase, or email INFO@BENJAMINMURPHY.INFO
The name Hamartia is often used to describe the error of judgement of a protagonist in literature. This piece in particular is loosely inspired by Desdemona’s final scene in William Shakespeare’s Othello, and the title refers to Othello’s realisation of his error of judgement (or anagnorisis).
Today (the 7th of March) happens to be my 30th birthday, so I decided to mark the occasion with a new print, which was drawn and cut over the Christmas period in Yorkshire, and printed in January in London.
I’m excited to show a little hint of a new style of work I’ve been working on, done by hand-stitching paper. I did a small one for the Art On A Postcard charity auction a few years ago, raising money for the Hepatitis C Trust. Here are a few sneak peeks of the first full-sized one, one is of the front and one is the reverse.