Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy was born 1946 at Hartford, Connecticut, USA and spent his childhood on the South Coast of Massachusetts. Murphy studied art at the University of Massachusetts and community colleges in California and Hawaii. For him, learning is an ongoing process; skill is the product of daily experience and years of practice. Murphy served in the US Army as a Green Beret officer in the 70's. He has lived in Central America, Europe, the former USSR, the Northeast US, California and Hawaii.Murphy has traveled extensively. Today, Murphy is living/working in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has travelled far from where he began his artistic career in Laguna Beach, CA. Murphy started signing his work, i.Murphy, in the year 2000.

He moved from California to France in the spring of 1999. Murphy lived in Ukraine and France for six years before returning to the USA. He is acquainted with many artists in Kiev, Lviv, Lugansk and Yalta where he became interested in film making. One project, a collaborative titled, Project W, was originated from Moscow. He assisted in the creation of the graphic arts program at the Art Institute in Lugansk . He has extensive "hands-on" experience with large format printers, referred to as Giclée printers.

Earlier, Murphy displayed his works at art shows in Laguna Beach and the Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art. His work has been displayed in several museums in both the USA and Europe. Murphy has exhibited his works at art galleries in Spain, Ukraine, France, Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts and California. His work has been displayed in Los Angeles, NYC. His painting and sculptures were part of the 1999 City of Los Angeles Juried Art Show. Murphy is listed on the International Registry of Art and Artists, an artists' database developed from The Getty Foundation. He has appeared on Russian Television, ABC and NBC; his works were published in several national publications, including Maxim Magazine. He is an art print and design consultant and has consulted in the developmental stages of digital color-assurance technology for the Internet.

Murphy participated in the Inaugural Lugansk Body Painting Festival, a splendid diversion. Murphy executed a multiple print series based on the event, which served as inspiration to his devotion to the female form.

Murphy has created a very popular web site launched in 1997. This site has received many awards.

Murphy has been invited to to display his artwork at: the Artist's Workshop, Crete, Greece; Art International - Zurich, ArtWalk San Diego; the Biennale di Firenze, Italy; Montserrat Gallery in Soho NYC; Art-Philadelphia,; XXX Aniversario Batik, Barcelona; Salon International de Peinture et de Sculpture 4e edition, Monte Carlo, November: Gallery Gora, Montreal; Art in the West, Galway, Ireland, Montreal's International Festival of Erotic Art, Omma Center of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara and Salon de Expace #3 in Brooklyn. Murphy's work to appeared in Instair Art's June2005 Exhibition of New Computer Art.

Murphy was interviewed on Russian-language television. A complete segment of this mini-series was devoted to Murphy's recollections and comments on art and the art world. Was it Pablo Picasso who when asked, "What is art?" responded, "If I knew, I wouldn't tell anyone."

In addition to his painting and digital accomplishments, Murphy has written poetry. He is a gifted artist dedicated to his work and to making a contribution the community, he has given much of his time to community volunteer projects. This is central to his philosophy and fundamental to his appreciation of life.

Murphy began his art career as a painter. Today, he is primarily a computer artist, printmaker and videographer. His early work with watercolors and oils offers a rich, spontaneous style. Recently, his efforts have been focused on digitally-mastered prints and film with a keen interest slowly emerging in live theater. He has demonstrated a diverse capability delivering minimalist to NeoPopRealism. His works are world-class. Murphy's goal as a contemporary artist is to engage the viewer and elicit an emotion. With simple forms and lines it is possible to create a subtle complexity. An overview of Murphy's work can refresh the senses and might encourage participation. We experience joy for ourselves and in our world. Murphy believes that the creative experience enlarges our spiritual world and begs for an increased participation in life and can foster a greater sense of belonging.

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