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Ciaran Murphy (Ireland)

Ciaran Murphy. Rabbit, 2005, 28 x 24.5 cm, oil on canvas.

Studio 6A
April - September 2007

In his most recent bodies of work Ciaran Murphy’s work has taken the form of small-scale paintings on stretched paper and canvas using both acrylic and oil paints. The habitual collecting of imagery forms an important part of Murphy’s practice. Images spanning vastly different eras taken from art history, natural history, scientific enquiries, nature documentary stills and other more arbitrary sources serve as a starting point for his work. Murphy’s practice is predominantly an enquiry into what it means to perceive the world through the human eye. The finished paintings depict objects treated in isolation, tiny snippets of time and ambiguous contexts or sites that seem to hold out the vague anticipation of an event. As well as the individual paintings the grouping of the work becomes important; meaning and interpretation in individual work becomes both reliant and unhinged within the context of the larger group.

Process Room

Ciaran Murphy's work was shown in the Process Room, First Floor Galleries, from 25 September - 14 October 2007.

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