Part of a series, this painting depicts a tableau of found objects from the artist's studio. A collector of ephemera and trinkets, the artist renders these objects in his sketchbook—later selecting certain views to size up as paintings.
Murphy uses traditional media applications in unusual ways. The artist's work explores and dissolves the boundaries between painting, drawing and mechanical application. Murphy's compositions employ dream-like settings alongside humor and whimsy and often take direct inspiration from the artist's surroundings—including the parks of Brooklyn where he lives and the interior spaces he inhabits.
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Matthew Bede Murphy’s work dissolves the distinction between painting, drawing and printmaking. The artist draws inspiration from his surroundings in Brooklyn and his paintings are often enlargements of drawings from his vast sketchbook library. Murphy’s work employs humor and whimsy in works that frequently explore random anxieties in dream-like settings.