Brendan Murphy became an artist on the night of September 11th, 2001. Until then, he had worked in New York as a trader – the attacks forced him and many others in the city to think about their lives and choices. For Murphy, that meant retreating to a cabin in the woods that very night to process his feelings and paint.
“I remember getting out of New York on the day of 9/11 before they set up the roadblocks and spending this very eerie night in a cabin I had in the woods just painting. I had been painting as a hobby for a while, but that house became my studio. I played poker for a few years to survive whilst I painted.”
Influenced by Basquait, Pollock, De Kooning, and Bacon, Murphy’s work fuses thought, emotion, and science in emotionally charged equations, designed to pick apart the human experience.
His work is currently represented in over 600 private collections around the world. Murphy currently works from his home in Malibu, where he continues to create riots of colour.
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