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Benjamin Murphy is a visual artist and writer based in London. 

Born in West Yorkshire in 1988, Benjamin now exhibits globally. He holds both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, specialising in Contemporary Fine Art.

His current work explores themes of polarity, time, memory, and contrast – often rendered in charcoal on raw canvas.

He is the co-founder and co-director of Delphian Gallery, and is an associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London.

He enjoys reading, skateboarding, and talking about himself in the third person.

“Benjamin’s work makes me question every belief I hold dear.” – Jake Chapman

 

“Benjamin makes his work about life and death, the perennial concerns of young men.” – Billy Childish

“…this is a multifaceted talent who choses to focus his art on an aesthetic and ethos that is so well-rounded and thought-out that many artists working a lifetime would be jealous of.” – Andrew Salgado

 

“Yeah, looks alright.” – Grayson Perry

Education

Masters Degree in Academic Practice – University of the Arts London (ongoing)

Masters Degree with Merit – Contemporary Fine Art – The University of Salford

Bachelors Degree – Graphic Design – The University of Salford

AVCE (B,C) Art and Design – Leeds College of Art

Masterpieces of World Literature: Fictions of the Modern World – Harvard University(EdX Online)

The Original Spirit of Western Philosophy – Tsinghua University (EdX Online)

Shakespeare Matters – Adelaide University (EdX Online)

Philosophy and Critical Thinking – The University of Queensland (Edx Online)

Justice – Harvard University (EdX Online)

Benjamin has multiple pieces in the Rothschild Family Private collection, as well as many other private collections in The UK, Italy, Holland, The USA, Germany, Spain, Norway, Poland, Australia, Denmark, Finland, and others.

SELECTED PAST EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

ANTIHERODelphian Gallery (Helsinki) 2019

Lavish Entropy – Delphian Gallery (London) 2018

Vile Oblivion – Creat Gallery (Helsinki) 2016

Gilded Chaos – Beers Contemporary (London) 2016

Innocence Is A Thing Of Which We Know Nothing – Great Eastern Bear Gallery (London) 2013

Abandon All Hope – Hoxton Gallery (London) 2012

RESIDENCIES

Deaths and Entrances (solo show) – Mirada Gallery Ravenna, Italy – 2015

Nothing Is More Real Than Nothing (solo show) –Pescara, Italy – 2014

LuxUrban – Luxembourg 2013

ART FAIRS

Moniker Art Fair – (With Stick Together and Art On A Postcard) London 2016

Berliner Liste – (With Max Zorn) Berlin 2015

Bloom  – (With Max Zorn) Koln 2015

Stroke Art Fair – (With Max Zorn) Munich 2015

Moniker Art Fair – (With Jealous, and Art On A Postcard) London 2015

Moniker Art Fair – (Moniker Represented Artist) London 2014

TWO PERSON SHOWS

Faded Glory (With Nick JS Thompson) – Book&Job Gallery San Fransisco 2019

Everything Must Go (With Hayden Kays) – London January 2015

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

In Praise Of DarknessPiermarq Sidney 2021

Antisocial IsolationThe Saatchi Gallery London 2020 (also curating) 

Live From The Deep EndGobstopper Gallery Philadelphia USA 2020

DialogsLa Spezia Italy 2020

Online Viewing RoomPt.2 Gallery Oakland USA 2020

UnmaskedDaniel Raphael Gallery London 2020

Works On Paper 1&2Blue Shop Cottage London UK 2020

Divergent MotionDelphian Gallery London 2019

TrinityThe Saatchi Gallery London 2018

JNY – The Saatchi Gallery London 2018

Cash Is King – The Saatchi Gallery London 2018

Hospital Rooms Griffin Gallery London – 2018

JNY – Jealous Gallery East London 2018

TAC – Neurotitan Gallery Berlin 2018

Reprieve Charity Gala – The Serpentine Sackler Gallery London 2017

WeAreTheOnes Kunstsalion Copenhagen 2017

75 Works On Paper – Beers Contemporary London 2017

ING Discerning Eye Art Prize (invited artist) – The Mall Galleries London 2017

Tape Art –Ormond Art Museum Florida 2017

ASA Go Show – Go Gallery Amsterdam 2017

Art On A Postcard (Charity Show) – The Unit London 2017

DRM Spectacular (Charity Show) The Grand Hotel – London 2017

Vernissage – Neurotitan Gallery Berlin 2016

Class Acts – Subliminal Projects Gallery Los Angeles USA 2016

Terrence Higgins Trust Auction (Charity Show) – The Savoy Hotel London 2016

Reprieve (Charity Show) – The Wallace Collection London 2016

MSF (Charity Show) – Hoxton Gallery London 2016

Diversity Role Models (Charity Show) –Waldorf Hotel London 2016

50×50 – The Saatchi Gallery London 2015

Repeive Auction (Charity Show) – The Wallace Collection London – 2015

Interior/ Exterior – Square and Friends Gallery Australia – 2015

Hemyca (London Fashion Week) – M&C Saatchi London – 2015

DNA BLN – DNA Berlin 2015

Apopo (Charity Show) – Belgium – 2015

Sadie Frost/ Hep C Fundraiser (Charity Show) – Groucho Club London 2015

Youth For Elder – Traffic Gallery Milan Bergamo 2015

CURATED SHOWS

In Praise Of Darkness – Piermarq Gallery Sidney 2021

The Doors Of Perception (Florence Hutchings solo show) Delphian Gallery Paris 2020

Antisocial IsolationThe Saatchi Gallery/ Delphian Gallery London 2020

Delphian X Guts – The Factory London 2019 

Habitual Submission – (Rhiannon Salisbury) Delphian Gallery London 2019

Divergent MotionDelphian Gallery London 2019

Open Call –Delphian Gallery London 2019

A Long Way from Home – (Igor Moritz & Kevin Perkins) Delphian Gallery London 2019

Some Pieces of Mind – (Bertrand Fournier debut UK solo show) –Delphian Gallery London 2019

Open Call –Delphian Gallery London 2019

Seating Arrangement – (Florence Hutchings debut solo show) –Delphian Gallery London 2018

Diary of an Introvert – (Jordy Kerwick debut uk solo show) –Delphian Gallery London 2018

Open Call –Delphian Gallery London 2018

Lost Coast (Carson Lancaster debut UK solo show) – Delphian Gallery London 2018

Printswap theprintspace London 2017

Obscurely Prophetic –Delphian Gallery London 2017

Relics – BSMT Space London 2016

Defiance – John The Unicorn Peckham 2016

The Decline of Conscience– Hundred Years Gallery 2015

Art on a Postcard 2 – Soho Revue 2015

Art on a Postcard Moniker Moniker Art Fair 2015

Art on a Postcard 1– Whitfield Fine Art Soho – 2014

Group Collective Are Kunsts – The Factory Whitechapel – 2013

Fuck Christmas – Hoxton Gallery – 2012

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Since 2018 Benjamin has held an academic post at University of the Arts London, as an Associate Lecturer on the IVM (Masters Degree).

Critical Thinking – Rosso Arts Academy Shanghai (Guest Lecture) 2020

Professional Practice – Camberwell College of Arts (Guest Lecture) 2020

Crit – Rosso Arts Academy Shanghai 2020

Interview – University of Birmingham 2020

Being An Artist – The University of Bedfordshire (Guest Lecture) 2019

Collaboration in the Art World – The Factory Panel Discussion (Chair) 2019

Professional Practice – Cluster Art Fair (Talk) Autumn 2019

Delphian Late – Copeland Gallery Panel Discussion (Chair) 2019

How To Navigate the Art World – theprintspace Panel Discussion (Chair) 2019

Working The Artworld – Cluster Art Fair (Talk) Summer 2019

11,098 Days on Earth – The Slade (Guest Lecture) 2018

Salford University – The Churchill War Rooms (Guest Lecture) 2018

How to make the Art Market Work For You – Artiq Panel Discussion 2018 (Panellist)

How to Thrive and Survive in the Art World – Delphian Gallery Panel Discussion (Chair) 2018

Invited Judge (With Short Lecture) Loop.gl Art Prize 2018

Guest Lecture – University of Ravenna 2015

Panel Discussion – LuxUrban (Pannelist) 2013

WRITING ENGAGEMENTS

Navigating the Art World – Professional Practice for the Early Career Artist was released through Foolscap Editions in Spring 2020

His debut play Flowering Desolation was released in 2018.

Benjamin regularly contributes essays and articles to print and online publications, including:

Current:

FAD Magazine (Online)

Past:

This Is Tomorrow (online)

AfterNyne Magazine (print and online)

Assemblage Magazine (online)

55 Pages (print and online)

ArteFuse (online)