Photograph of Artist DEREK MURPHY
DEREK MURPHY
Tigard, Oregon - United States



Original Artworks (8)

Derek Murphy; Mao, 2009, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 36 inches.
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2009
24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
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Derek Murphy; HolyDay, 2009, Original Painting Oil, 64 x 38 inches.
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2009
64 x 38 inches (162.6 x 96.5 cm)
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Derek Murphy; Brownfields, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 18 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241  A display of filial or brotherly intimacy in a star shaped pose. ...
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2001
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
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Derek Murphy; Suitcase, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 50 x 60 cm. Artwork description: 241 A man in a suit clutches the handle of a reposed female package. ...
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2001
50 x 60 cm (19.7 x 23.6 inches)
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Derek Murphy; Handwich, 2003, Original Painting Oil, 21 x 26 inches. Artwork description: 241 Young American male devours himself, an ascetic eastern image seems to admonish....
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2003
21 x 26 inches (53.3 x 66.0 cm)
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Derek Murphy; Communion, 2002, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 A sexual polarity symbol, a humanists rendering of yin- yang in a matrix which boasts young bodies and ancient hands....
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2002
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Derek Murphy; Hands, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 16 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Hands covering a cautious and curious portrait....
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2001
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
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Derek Murphy; Crucifix, 2003, Original Painting Oil, 18 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 A corkscrew on a cross.  The cross is an ancient greek symbol which represented the four elements.  Plato once said that the desires of the flesh are like nails that bind the spirit to the cross of the world.In the gospels Jesus employs vineyard imagery in ...
Derek Murphy
Original Oil Painting, 2003
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
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Artist Statement

My work plays with absurd images, seeking a levity that is beyond explanation. The less meaning a piece has for me, the happier I am with it. I think words are a beautiful artform quite separate from the field of painting, and I don't like to mix mediums.

Painting focuses and elevates my appreciation for life. My style is erratic and yet comprehensive. Each piece is completely unique in the world in that it captures an idea, and not just a picture.

I find that what people believe in limits their understanding and appreciation for the mystery that is beyond our capabilities to imagine. What we can label and rationalise and comprehend are far lesser shadows than what we can sense if we are open to any possibility. Sometimes I just like to shock people into being aware of what makes them angry, what their boundaries are.

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