Artist Bill Murphy

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Bill Murphy was born on Staten Island, New York, in 1952. He attended public school there, and later, Brooklyn College, the School of Visual Arts (BFA), The Art Students League, and Vermont College (MFA). At the School of Visual Arts he studied with, among others, Jim Kearns, Herb Katzman, Marshall Arisman, Louise Bourgoise and the illustrator Robert Weaver.  See the "News" page for more information. Bill Murphy's work is included in the following collections: The British Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Library of Congress, The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,  The New York Public Library, The Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, The Parkersburgh Arts Center (West Virginia), The Newark Public Library, The New York Transit Museum, Westinghouse Corporation, Nassau Community College (Long Island, New York), Syracuse University Museum, The Denver Art  Museum, Hofstra University and the New York Historical Society He has taught at Wagner College on Staten Island, New York since 1984. [email protected]  If there is a Michelangelo, there must be a God” – Stanley Lewis   portrait by Willie Chu ...with one of my heroes, the painter Jerome Witkin

We’ve lost the knack of looking at prints – whose ascendancy, as an art form, peaked well before the 20th-century. Printmakers not only did well, they specialized – though just as many didn’t. Most people know of Rembrandt as a painter only. Whistler too. It could be argued that neither would have painted as much as they did if it weren’t for a marketplace that preferred it.
However, there are still dogged practictioners and Bill is very much of that tribe. Yet how many other artists delve so deeply into the black holes of our history? Edward Burtynski’s photographs might serve as templates for a more modern sensibility. They are [...]

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