John Murphy’s experience in the visual arts began with photography, where his works were presented in several shows in the Greater Hartford (Connecticut) region. As a photographer, he was welcomed as a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts after having been accepted in three open juried shows, and he was awarded the top prize in the 1992 CAFA exhibit at the Hartford Art School.  In the review of a Group Show at the Salt Box Gallery in Hartford, his photographs were compared with those of Henri Cartier Bresson.   

    Following the death in 2001 of his wife Johanna, a well known painter in Greater Hartford, John removed all the paints, brushes and canvases from her studio and brought them into the garage to throw them away.  Instead, “just for the heck of it,” in what some would suggest was a form of self imposed grief therapy, he began to paint. That was 8 years ago, and he hasn’t stopped.

    He has created paintings of sinful priests, of a drag queen playing the Statue of Liberty at the Gay Pride parade, of Jack and Jackie in Dallas, of a prisoner at Guantanamo wrapped in an American flag, of Che Guevara, 50 Cent, the Pope in his Popemobile, and of a woman and child in Darfur.

    He brings to his work a sense of perspective and framing of images from his experience as a photographer, and he believes he has a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t.  For those with a memory for history, the personal favorite seems to be the painting of Nelson Rockefeller achieving death and orgasm simultaneously.






    John has had several presentations at Open Studio in Hartford at Artspace Gallery, and his work has been placed in non - juried group shows at ArtWorks Gallery in Hartford.