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Bruce Murphy
Birds Fly in Air (Abstract Expressionist Painting in Blue, Gold & Pink)

2020

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Gestural abstract expressionist painting on canvas in colorful hues blue, pink, and orange on a gold and silver background "Birds Fly in Air", 2020 by Bruce Murphy 60 x 48 x 2 inches, enamel paint and metallic powders on canvas Signed, verso This gestural abstract expressionist painting on canvas was made by Hudson Valley based artist, Bruce Murphy, in 2020. The painting was created with multiple layers of colorful enamel paint in hues of blue, green, orange, and pink. Gestural sweeps of a palette knife reveal hidden layers of color under the surface of gold and silver metallic powders. The sides are painted so framing is optional. There is wire on the back for easy hanging. About the work: Texas native Bruce Murphy brings us a new series of paintings using his preferred materials of enamel paint and various metallic powders. Over the years, we have seen Murphy’s abstract color compositions take on characteristics of landscapes where horizon lines distinctly separate land from sky in minimalist blocks of color. In the new work, Murphy introduces a grid work of straight, measured lines that pierce through the expansive color schemes with the implied specificity of an Agnes Martin. Diaphanous clouds of color are layered within veils of gold and silver metallic powders. A true master of this medium, the artist’s deft application results in a suavely knitted fabric of shimmering light that not only reflects but also emits from, through and behind the nebula of color. Murphy, who cites Pierre Bonnard as a major influence, invents a universe on a two dimensional plane where his marks and incisions become points in the cosmos. Bruce Murphy obtained a BFA in painting from the Parson’s School of Design in New York City. After a long career in graphic design, he now lives in Rhinecliff, NY and devotes himself full-time to his art.

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