Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Joseph Murphy


"the merchant"

(Copper, salt and vinegar, gouache, oil, tar, digital. 7.75" x 9.25". 2016.)

"the hall of languages"

(Oil. 8.5" x 11". 2008.)

(At its foundation, nature is vastly sublime. If we take a moment and stand in its presence, one begins to notice subtleties that often go unnoticed because nature inherently presents itself both with and without an exemplification of religion. This comprehension, in turn, creates a struggle with the participant due to symbolism and developed language. One must empty oneself of partisan beliefs and learned behavior. Through the use of water, a natural element with mystical associations in literary text and an integral part of the cycle of natural life, a changing of atmosphere may awaken unique, individual feelings within us like a religious experience. By considering atmosphere and the cycle of water as ways to explore the world's limitlessness, they become guides in bringing ourselves closer to atonement. Thus, I invite the viewer to stand in a presence outside of themselves.)

Joseph Murphy is an illustrator and painter who uses atmosphere and light to create dream-like images. With a sensitive approach, his work evokes sanctity through texture for projects in book publishing, editorial, and entertainment fields. As a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, he earned his MFA and BFA in Illustration. Murphy is currently an adjunct instructor of Illustration.

His work has been included in exhibitions through the Society of Illustrators of New York/Los Angeles, 3x3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, ICON (National Illustration Conference), Rogue Space Gallery, and the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Murphy's work has also been acquired into the private collection of the Oneida Indian Nation. Find more on his website.