David Murphy

Born 1983 Newcastle upon Tyne,David Murphy lives and works in London. Graduated from Glasgow School of Art (2006).

In recent years Murphy has been heavily influenced by textile-processes, an interest kindled initially by discovering a book of fibre micro-photography.  The sudden consciousness that beyond the reach of our perception textiles were complex three-dimensional structures has been highly significant for the way he thinks about surfaces and has led to a large body of work exploring the 'topography' of natural forms at varying levels of zoom. Since then, a textile 'language' has been a useful tool for him to examine the threshold between two- and three-dimensions, surface and volume within his practice more broadly.

Selected exhibitions include Common Thread, New Art Centre, Roche Court (2020); New Tints, Bartha Contemporary, London (2020); Great Small Works, Stephane Simoens Fine Art, Knokke Zoute (2020); The Blanket, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, and The Piece Hall, Halifax (2019); DRIFT, ALMA ZEVI, Venice (2019); Magnifying Cairo, British Council, Cairo (2016); Deep, Deeper, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Milan (2016); GROUNDWORK, New Arts Centre, Roche Court (2016); and Certain Impacts, PEER, London (2014). Selected large-scale commissions include those for Oxford House, London (with Modus Operandi and Great Portland Estates (Summer 2021); St Mary's Church, Harlow, in association with Harlow Arts Trust, Essex (Summer 2021); the National Trust (2018); The Dales Museum (2017); and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshops (2015).

Awards include being the youngest ever recipient of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation Fellowship, London (2015-2017); Yorkshire Sculpture Park residency (2014); exhibiting at the John Moores Painting Prize (2016); and exhibiting at the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2017). 


Last updated: 12.03.2021