Sandra Murphy

Contemporary Realist Oil Painter

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Biography
A classically-trained oil painter, Sandra Murphy took her first art class the year she turned fifty. She saw an ad for classes at the Art Gallery of Ontario, told her son she thought that would be fun, then promptly forgot about it. At Christmas, Murphy's children gave her a gift certificate for a beginners' watercolour class. That gift changed her life. After that first class, she signed up for another and another, eventually enrolling at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, one of the few ateliers in Canada teaching the techniques of the Old Masters. Now a graduate, she pursues her art full time.

 

Murphy paints mostly still lifes featuring fresh flowers, antiques, children's toys, old tools, common household items, wine, cheese, whatever captures her eye and imagination. She likes things with a history, things that are worn, rusty, well used or obviously much loved. Viewers say they find her paintings peaceful, soothing or that they have sparked fond recollections. 

 

Drawn to the beauty of fresh flowers and the challenge of capturing that fleeting beauty, many of Murphy's more recent works are florals. As Murphy only paints from life, never photographs, her goal is to capture the flowers before they change, wilt or die. Most flowers change quite a bit in the span of a single painting session. In some ways, it's a bit like painting a life model. No matter how hard they try to sit still, there is always some subtle movement.

 

Murphy arranges her flowers and any other objects to be included in the painting on a stand beside her easel, lighting them to create interesting shadow patterns. Unless it's a particularly complex composition, she then sketches with her paintbrush directly onto a prepared panel using thinned Burnt Umber. She carefully separates the lights and darks, does a thin underpainting of local colour, and follows this with multiple layers of paint containing progressively more oil to achieve rich, luminous colours.

 

Member Associations 



International Guild of Realism (IGOR), Associate Member

Oil Painters of America (OPA), Associate Member

Art Renewal Center (ARC)

Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA)

Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Member

 



 

 

Honours/Awards

 

Blue Marble, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, July 2019

Classical Treasures, Still Life Finalist in the ARC's 14th Annual Salon Competition, 2018-2019

Shoe In, Honourable Mention in the 57th Annual Aurora Art Show and Sale, 2019

Shoe In, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, April 2019

Sunflowers, 2nd Prize in Art Emporium by the River's Canada-wide Great Art Contest, 2018

Broken Doll, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, September 2018

Broken Doll, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, August 2018

Blue Marble, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, June 2018

Hop Aboard Moose! 3rd Place Overall in PleinAir Salon Art Competition February/March 2018

Hop Aboard Moose!, Best Artist Over 65 in PleinAir Salon Art Competition, February/March 2018

Puppet with Blocks and Candy Tin, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, November 2017

Pretty in Pink, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, August 2017

Scissors and Twine, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, July 2017

Red Roadster, Still Life Finalist in the ARC's 13th Annual Salon Competition, 2017-2018

Red Roadster, Still Life Finalist in The Artist's Magazine's 33rd Annual Art Competition, 2016

A California Red, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, June 2016

Red Roadster, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, February 2016

Hippo Oil, Still Life Finalist in the ARC's 11th Annual Salon Competition, 2014-2015

Hippo Oil, Honorable Distinction in Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste 2nd Annual International Competition, 2015

Antique Horse, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, March 2015

Hippo Oil, Still Life Finalist in The Artist's Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition, 2014

My Rusty Truck, Still Life Finalist in the ARC's 10th Annual Salon Competition, 2013-2014

Theodore, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, September 2014

David (Standing), FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, May 2014

My Rusty Truck, Finalist in BoldBrush Art Competition, March 2014

Gramophone, Honorable Mention in American Artists' Professional League Future Art Masters Exhibition, 2013

 

Selected Group Shows and Competitions

 

2019

Annual International Representational Exhibition (AIRE), Vancouver, BC

23rd Uxbridge Juried Art Show, Uxbridge, ON

ARC's 14th Annual International Salon Competition, 2018-2019

IGOR Winter Salon Online Juried Exhibition

BoldBrush Art Competition, February, March, April, May, July

Solo Show, McAlpine Gallery, Aurora, ON

Whitby Art Show & Sale, Whitby, ON

OPA Spring Online Showcase

Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, London, ON

Marvellous Miniatures Show, Fringe Gallery, London, ON

 

2018

SOYRA From Memory Exhibition, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON

Brescia Centennial Art Exhibition, Brescia College, London, ON

Artists' Network BowsArt 2018, Toronto, ON

Art Emporium by the River Great Art Contest, Port Hope, ON

Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, London, ON

OPA Juried Salon Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Crooked Tree Arts Centre, Traverse City, MI

OPA Summer Online Showcase

OPA Spring Online Showcase

PleinAir Salon Art Competition, February/March, April/May, June/July

BoldBrush Painting Competition, January through December

Art Muse Competition, April, May, November

Gateway International Painting Competition, September, October, November

 

2017

12th Annual IGOR Exhibition, Winfield Gallery, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

ARC's 13th Annual International Salon Competition, 2017-2018

Keeping It Real, Group Show at Dundas Museum & Archives, Dundas, ON

Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, London, ON

Journey into Realism, (a 3-person exhibition), Westland Gallery, London, ON

In Full Bloom, Westland Gallery, London, ON

OPA Spring Online Showcase

OPA Summer Online Showcase

OPA Fall Online Showcase

 

2016    

Get Real! Artists Group Show, Visual Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON

New Masters Show, Carrier Gallery, Toronto, ON

OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, London, ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON

Visual Arts Mississauga Members Show, Mississauga, ON

Society of Canadian Artists National Open Juried Online Exhibition

OPA Spring Online Showcase

OPA Summer Online Showcase

 

2015

ARC's 11th Annual International Salon Competition, 2014-2015

 Collection Beaux-Arts Realist Online Competition   

New Masters Show, Carrier Gallery, Toronto, ON

OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN

OPA Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON

Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival, Buckhorn, ON

OPA Spring Online Showcase

OPA Summer Online Showcase

 

2014

ARC's 10th Annual International Salon Competition, 2013-2014

AAPL 86th Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

New Masters Show, Carrier Gallery, Toronto, ON

IGOR 9th Annual Juried Exhibition, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

The New Masters Exhibition, Gallery 814, Toronto, ON

Life and Limb Exhibition, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Orillia, ON

OPA Spring Online Showcase

OPA Summer Online Showcase

OPA Fall Online Showcase

 

Publications

 

American Art Collector, April 2019, 7-page article titled "International Appeal" and 9-page advertising special on the International Guild of Realism's Winter Salon Online Exhibition

 

PleinAir Magazine, June-July 2018, an article on winners of the PleinAir Salon Art Competition, February/March 2018

 

Fine Art Connoisseur, October 2015, 8-page advertising special for Finalists in the 2014-2015 ARC 11th International Salon Competition

 

Southwest Art, August 2015, advertising special titled "Women in Art"

 

Southwest Art, January 2015, a half-page editorial on Finalists in The Artist's Magazine 31st Juried Art Competition (2014)

 

Fine Art Connoisseur, December 2014, 5-page advertising special for Finalist in the 2013-2014 ARC 10th International Salon Competition

 

American Art Collector, November 2014, 3-page article titled "Beauty in Realism" on the International Guild of Realism's 9th Annual International Juried Show

 

 

 

 

 

Representation


Biggs' Gallery & Frame Shop
Aurora, Ontario - 905-727-6308






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