Color . Expression . Rhythm . Atmosphere . Psychology
Benjamin Murphy is an emerging artist based in Beaumont, TX. Born in Toronto and educated at Canada’s University of Guelph, the artist focuses on abstract painting.
Using line, color, and form, Murphy creates rhythmic, atmospheric paintings. “Every mark contributes to the swirling dance of undulating shapes, lines and colors.” Like Kandinsky, he is interested in the psychological effect of color. Kandinsky wrote, “A warm red will prove exciting, another shade of red will cause pain or disgust through association with running blood. In these cases color awakens a corresponding physical sensation, which undoubtedly works upon the soul.” Murphy uses these tools to look inward and reflect on the human condition through painting.
His influences include Art Informel, Tachism, Abstract Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction and Artists such as Sam Francis, Alberto Burri, Wols, Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay, Joan Miró, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, and Mark Rothko.
Murphy’s work resides in privet collections throughout the United States and Canada. His work has been shown most recently in Portugal and Beaumont, TX.