Joanna Murphy is our most recent addition to our stable of outstanding visual artists. She was recently featured in her first solo exhibit - which ran through February, 2021 - alongside our 23rd Annual The Luminous Landscape national invitational. A selection of paintings available through the gallery is shown below. For these works, prices range from $1,250 to $2,600.
Joanna Murphy sees her surroundings through the medium of paint. Her landscape paintings bear subtle connections to the Romanticism of the Hudson River School and the gestural painting of the New York Abstract Expressionists. She is inspired by land, nature, and poetry. Murphy's work balances elements of realism and dreamlike abstraction. Bold compositional rhythms are richly colored and uninterrupted. The oil paintings are queer, abstract, and intimate scenes - from the roof of her lower east side neighborhood and around her transcendentalist studio in the Catskills Mountains.
Her paintings mostly exclude actual human presence. However, in the strange shadows, dark spaces, and areas of light in windows, roofs and at the edges of the forest, are suggested an intangible - yet human - experience of life. It is a "you" that dissolves into a rhythm of the paint. With these elements, Murphy's paintings inspire a perception and understanding of her (and by extension, our) environment.
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