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Benjamin Murphy is a visual artist and writer based in London. Primarily, he creates monochromatic figurative artworks using the esoteric medium of electrical tape.

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.

Career highlights include

Exhibitions: The Saatchi Gallery, Beers Contemporary, Subliminal Projects.

Charity Exhibitions: The Serpentine Gallery, Sotheby’s, The Houses Of Parliament, The Wallace Collection.

Benjamin also regularly writes about art theory for a number of magazines, and most of the inspiration for his work comes from classic literature.

Some key names include:

Marcel Proust,, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Baudelaire, Leo Tolstoy.

Roughly 30% of Murphy’s output is for charity, with multiple regular donations of work happening every year. It is estimated he has raised £50,000 for charity since 2012.

 

“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

Postgraduate Certificate 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

Lectures

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

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

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

Benjamin’s debut book project is due to be 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:

This Is Tomorrow (online)

AfterNyne Magazine (print and online)

Assemblage Magazine (online)

55 Pages (print and online)

ArteFuse (online)

 

TWO PERSON SHOWS

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

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

CURATED SHOWS

As Yet Untitled – With Guts Gallery London 2019 (forthcoming)

Habitual Submission – (Rhiannon Salisbury solo show) – 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 – 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 – Delphian Gallery – 2013

Fuck Christmas – Hoxton Gallery – 2012

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

Divergent MotionDelphian Gallery London 2019

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 2017

WeAreTheOnes – Kunstsalion Copenhagen 2017

75 Works On Paper – Beers Contemporary 2017

ING Discerning Eye Art Prize (invited artist) – 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) – London 2016

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

50×50 – Saatchi Gallery 2015

Repeove Auction (Charity Show) – The Wallace Collection – 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 2015

Youth For Elder – Traffic Gallery – Milan Bergamo 2015