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Hanging Experiments

I have recently been playing around with new ways to hang works, by mixing up how I play around with the tape in the frame and the tape on the wall. Below is my most recent of the hanging experiments, in which I have draw a flat pattern onto a wall as if it is wallpaper, and then hung the framed works on top of it.

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Semi-Skimmed Gallery (September 2018)

Other hanging experiments can be seen in these posts from my solo show at Beers Contemporary in January 2016, and this other drawing I did on the walls of the Tate Modern in December of 2016.

Before I have either continued the drawings onto the walls, beyond the confines of their frames, or made original drawings onto the walls themselves. I am experimenting now with paring this all back, and taping only flat patterns on which to hang the works.

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Delphian Gallery (July 2018)

I think this is a much more successful way of displaying the works than the ways I have done it in the past, and I look forward to playing around with it more in my upcoming shows.

Below are two of the works hung over the pattern in the first photo (both now sold).

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Ink on paper, in hand-carved solid birch frame

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electrical tape on single microscope slide

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. 

Lavish Entropy Photos

I have just realised that I never posted photos of my last solo show Lavish Entropy with Delphian Gallery, so here they are below.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Delphian Gallery team for everything. Andrew Salgado for writing the amazing catalogue text. Old Blue Last Beer for supplying the drinks for the opening party. And everyone else who visited, bought works, or blogged about the show.

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Art Masterclass at West London Art Factory

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On the 18th of October I will be doing this masterclass at West London Art Factory, I rarely do this kind of thing (in fact this is the first one open to the public that I have ever done), so if you’d like to attend please get tickets via the link at the bottom of the page.

I will begin with a short talk, and then will take you through the process of how I make my works, by showing and explaining, and then you will be free to create your own. I will be around to mentor you as you create the works, and all materials will be provided, as well as refreshments.

Masterclass Info

West London Art Factory invites you to spend an evening with accredited artist Benjamin Murphy, learning to create your own artwork using electrical tape alone. This unique medium is one that makes Benjamin’s work instantly recognisable, as well as its monochromatic themes and figurative subjects. The masterclass offers you an opportunity to watch Benjamin’s process of creating his work and learn these techniques first hand, working with Benjamin to create your own unique piece. The class will begin with a welcome, followed by a demonstration by Benjamin then an opportunity for you to create your own work, guided by Benjamin, using a number of colours and tapes available, on an A3 perspex sheet. The result will be an original piece of art for you to take home. No prior experience is needed, all levels are welcome and all material is provided. Drinks and refreshments will be available.

Please note, this class has limited spaces so be sure to secure your place!!

During the workshop, you’ll learn to make works like these.

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This event is graciously sponsored by Cre8 Tapes and Jewel Goodby Contemporary

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

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