Sandra Murphy

Contemporary Realist

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Biography
Sandra Murphy is a realist oil painter living in the Toronto area. Although always interested in art, it wasn't until mid-life that she took her first art class. She had seen an ad for classes at the Art Gallery of Ontario, mentioned it in passing to her son and promptly forgot about it. That Christmas, Murphy's two children presented her with a gift certificate for a beginners' watercolour class at the AGO. That gift changed Murphy's life forever.

 

Murphy is now a graduate of the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, one of the few ateliers in Canada teaching the classic techniques of the Old Masters, and happily pursues her art full time.

 

Murphy paints mostly still lifes, although she does occasionally do figurative work or a portrait from life. Her still life paintings feature antique or vintage items, children's toys, old tools, common household items, wine or fresh flowers; whatever captures her eye and imagination. She likes things with a history, that are worn, rusty, well used or obviously much loved, such as children's toys. Viewers have said they find her paintings peaceful or soothing. Some have sparked in the viewer a fond recollection of things they or someone in their family used to have. 

 

Drawn to the beauty of fresh flowers, Murphy has recently embarked on a series of floral paintings. The challenge is to capture the essence of the flowers and their fleeting beauty before they change, wilt or die. This elusive goal keeps Murphy coming back to try again and again to get it right.

 

Working from life, never photography, Murphy arranges her flowers and any other objects to be included in the painting on a stand beside her easel. This she lights to create interesting shadow patterns, then sketches directly on a prepared panel using thinned Burnt Umber. She carefully separates her lights and darks, does a thin underpainting of local colour, followed by 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)

Supporting Member of Federation of Canadian Artists

 

Honours/Awards

 

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

Shoe In, Honourable Mention in the 57th Annual Aurora Art Show and Sale, 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 Art Renewal Center'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 Art Renewal Center'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 Art Renewal Center'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

 

2018

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

OPA Spring Online Showcase

PleinAir Salon Art Competition, February/March

 

2017

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

Art Renewal Center'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

Art Renewal Center'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

Art Renewal Center'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

 

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, 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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