Rhythm Adjust

21 MAY 2021 - 11 JUNE 2021
David Murphy, Untitled, The Auction Collective
David Murphy, Untitled, The Auction Collective
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34. David Murphy


Casein paint on paper
38 x 28 cm.
Created in 2017 


£1,500 - 2,300

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David Murphy’s work encompasses paintings, drawings and sculpture. Diverse in materials – leaded handblown glass, manipulated steel tubes, hand-beaten aluminium, casein paint on gesso – and diverse in scale, it would seem that there is an ambiguity to the work, an unpredictability to a practice straddling so much. But David’s sculptures are – in his own words – ‘scribbles in space’, and his drawings and paintings are sculptural investigations, considering depth, form and visual illusion. It is not necessary to delineate between them. His fluid movement between 2D and 3D, across materials and boundaries, is all part of the same investigation - an enquiry into material properties, form and the energy of matter.

David’s interest in both the natural world and man-made forms come across very clearly in his considered choice of materials. Each material has a history, a provenance, and through this can add layered meaning to the work. - Jo Baring


Education: Glasgow School of Art (UK), HfBK Dresden (DE) and Newcastle College (UK)

Awards and Residencies: Recipient of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation Fellowship, London (2015-2017), completed a residency with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2014), and was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize (2016) and the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2017). Recent exhibitions include New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire (2020); Bartha Contemporary, London (2020); Stephane Simoens Fine Art, Belgium (2020); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2019); ALMA ZEVI Venice, Italy (2019); British Council, Cairo (2016); Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milan (2015); New Arts Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire (2016), PEER, London (2014).

Large-scale commissions: the National Trust, UK (2020); The Dales Museum, UK (2016); Edinburgh Sculpture Workshops UK (2015) and The Blanket at the Piece Hall in Halifax, UK (2019).

Forthcoming projects include collaborations include a permanent new installation for Oxford House, Oxford Street, London (with Great Portland Estates to be unveiled in 2021) and the Harlow Arts Trust, Essex (2021).

David Murphy is represented by Alma Zevi (Venice/London) and Monica de Cardenas (Milan/Zuoz). He lives and works in South London.


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