pentimenti gallery

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.

24 x 18 inches / 61 x 46 cm triptychWatercolor, acrylic on paper mounted on wood2010
  
24 x 18 inches / 61 x 46 cm triptychWatercolor, acrylic on paper mounted on wood2010
  
24 x 18 inches / 61 x 46 cm triptychWatercolor, acrylic on paper mounted on wood2010
     
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
     
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
     
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
  
29 x 21 inches / 74 x 54 cmSilkscreen, digital print, acrylic paint on watercolor paper2009
  
     
  
Installation view.Each7.5 x 4.5 inches.Acrylic, magazine coupons on paper on foam core.2000.
  
Each.7.5 x 4.5 inches / 19 x 11 cmAcrylic, magazine coupons on paper on foam core.2000.
  
22 x 15 inches / 56 x 38 cmWatercolor, acrylic on paper.2007.
     
  
22 x 15 inches / 56 x 38 cmAcrylic, watercolor on paper.2007.
  
22 x 15 inches / 56 x 38 cmWatercolor, acrylic on paper.2007.
  
22 x 15 inches / 56 x 38 cmAcrylic, watercolor on paper.2007.