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Bruce Murphy
Inside the Canine Mind: Abstract Painting in the Style of Gerhard Richter

2019

US$1,600

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Gestural abstract painting on canvas in silver metallic powders with accents of burnt sienna, dark blue, gold and forest green Enamel paint and metallic powders on paper 28 x 22 inches unframed Signed, bottom right The artist uses a combination of enamel paint and metallic powders to create a surface that reflects the light differently depending on where it hangs. The abstract painting, made in a style similar to Gerhard Richter, is created with multiple layers of enamel paint that are burnished in the final stages to reveal interesting color combinations. One can see the artist made gestural and geometric strokes with a palette knife to unearth layers of burnt sienna, green, and dark blue under the surface of gold and silver enamel paint. 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 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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