Artists: H - Z: Margaret Murphy
My paintings revel in contradictions; religious icons amidst flocked wallpaper, gender politics with confectionary color and consumer culture among art history. My paintings and their subjects are culled from everyday life. Contemporary artifacts are re-presented in compositions that are reminiscent of historical themes. Influenced by my early catholic school education, religious motifs keep sneaking into my paintings. This combined with my interest in consumerism; pattern and our cultures fascination with romanticism infuse my paintings with a sense of the absurd while conveying a contemporary perspective and critique on the themes and ideas of our time.
A graduate from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (MFA) and Towson State University (BS), Margaret Murphy exhibited at The Jersey City Museum; The New Jersey University; Islip Art Museum, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, etc. She received numerous awards: Pollock Krasner Grant in 2010; PS122 Project Studio Residency and more. Her work can be found in the following collections: The Deutsche Bank; Hudson County Community College Foundation; Jersey City Museum, MOMA and past residencies are: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and MacDowell Colony Residency.