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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. 

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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

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.

December Saatchi Gallery Exhibition

This December I have another exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery, which will be my fourth there overall, and my third this year.

For this show, I am taking over two walls in their Prints & Editions gallery and taping all over the walls before hanging artworks on top. I will also present some of my ceramic sculptures there for the first time.

Below are some of the works I have created for the show. 

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Oona(AfterMatisse)

 

The first piece is this Matisse-inspired work, the pose for which is taken from Matisse’s Blue Nude. (Below)

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Blue Nude – Matisse

This is the first time I’ve had a model recreate a pose from an existing artwork, which made the whole thing loads easier to draw. I definitely plan on doing more of these portraits inspired by the greats, so if you have any suggestions please let me know.

 

As well as this piece, another new work for the show is this three-layered tape drawing below. I don’t have a title for this one yet, so let me know if you have any ideas for what I should call it.

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Untitled Still Life

 

This still life is a three-layered work, so the foreground flowers were done on one layer of glass, the vase and mid-level flowers on another, and the background on a third. Once I’ve done the tape drawing on the glass I encase the whole thing in a clear resin (just to preserve the tape), and paint white anything within the boundaries of what I want to be opaque, so you can’t see the middle layer through the flowers on the first layer etc. 

The little bust you can see is a portrait of Leo Tolstoy, just because he is great.

For more of my works at the Saatchi Gallery, go HERE

And to see how I plan to tape up the walls, go HERE

And for the Saatchi Gallery’s official website, go HERE

Jealous Needs You and 30X30 at the Saatchi Gallery

JEALOUS NEEDS YOU

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.

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SAATCHI GALLERY

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.

PRINTS

I have held back a batch of these prints and will be making them available for sale just before Christmas. Email info@benjaminmurphy.info 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. 

Cash Is King at the Saatchi Gallery.

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My second exhibition of the year at The Saatchi Gallery was the Cash Is King show, in which all of the artists drew on to existing currency. the show finished at the end of September, and I will be back there for another show in early December.

My last show was as part of Jealous Needs You, which was the one directly before this one.

New Print Release/ Saatchi Gallery Show.

Saatchi Gallery - Benjamin Murphy PrintSaatchi Gallery - Benjamin Murphy PrintI’m very excited to announce that this new screen print is going to be exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery from the 31st of July until the 31st of August. 

It is of one of my favourite tape drawings to date, which sold at my most recent solo show with Delphian Gallery. 

3 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Satin 300gsm Paper 
Edition of 36
55cm x 75cm

£125

Hand signed and stamped.

Printed by the amazing Jealous Gallery.

The original piece has sold, and it is the piece that I still get the most enquiries about. For this reason, I’m expecting the print to be popular, and will be holding a few back for release later on in the year.

I have a few available for purchase, which can be found [HERE]

Also, here is the original

Benjamin Murphy