Ivan Murphy - Vista; Last Light
Ivan Murphy - Autumn Site II
Ivan Murphy - Entry IV
Ivan Murphy - Tarmac, Winter
Ivan Murphy - Tarmac
Ivan Murphy - Grey Autumn Site
Ivan Murphy - Tarmac, Winter
Ivan Murphy - St. Lawrence
Ivan Murphy - Urban Field
Ivan Murphy - North Commons
Ivan Murphy - Somewhere Else II
Ivan Murphy - Entry 11
Ivan Murphy - Site of Diminishing Returns
Ivan Murphy - Industrial Coast II
Ivan Murphy - Entry IV
Ivan Murphy - Edifice
Ivan Murphy - Beach Access II
Ivan Murphy - Somewhere Else
Ivan Murphy - River
Ivan Murphy - Sites of Transition at Beckett Fine Art
Ivan Murphy - The Gallery
Ivan Murphy - Wharf
Ivan Murphy - Summer Site
Ivan Murphy - Sliver
Ivan Murphy - Site Unseen IV
Ivan Murphy - Site Unseen III
Ivan Murphy - Site Unseen II
Ivan Murphy - Site Unseen
Ivan Murphy - November Commons
Ivan Murphy - Eastern Study
Ivan Murphy - Eastern Shore
Ivan Murphy - Eastern Shore II
Ivan Murphy - Cove Study
Ivan Murphy - Commons East
Ivan Murphy - Opening Reception
Ivan Murphy - Wharf Study
Ivan Murphy - East
Ivan Murphy - Cove
Ivan Murphy - Rust II
Ivan Murphy - Tenacity III
Ivan Murphy - Topiary
Ivan Murphy - Study, Flower
Ivan Murphy - Seigneurie Study
Ivan Murphy - Seigneurie III
Ivan Murphy - Seigneurie II Study
Ivan Murphy - Seigneurie II
Ivan Murphy - Seigneurie I
Ivan Murphy - Isolates II
Ivan Murphy - Isolates I
Ivan Murphy - Elsewhere I
Ivan Murphy - Barrens
Ivan Murphy - Rust
Ivan Murphy - Elsewhere II
Ivan Murphy - Domain
Ivan Murphy - Early Thaw
Ivan Murphy - Site Memory VIII
Ivan Murphy - Site Memory VI
Ivan Murphy - Site Memory IV
Ivan Murphy - Site Memory III
Ivan Murphy - Site Memory II
Ivan Murphy - Site Memory I
Ivan Murphy - Moroccan Wall
Ivan Murphy - Memory II
Ivan Murphy - Memory I
Ivan Murphy - Distant Respite
Ivan Murphy - Clearcut III
Ivan Murphy - Clearcut II
Ivan Murphy - Vista Obscura
Ivan Murphy - Winter Ferns
Ivan Murphy - Markers - Clearcut
Ivan Murphy - Red Fence III
Ivan Murphy - Structure
Ivan Murphy - Lichen

Ivan Murphy

Ivan Murphy was born in Quebec City in 1964. After completing high school and CEGEP studies, he attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1986, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Design.  While working as a graphic designer, Ivan began teaching drawing, illustration, design and colour theory part-time at NSCAD from 1995 to present, and full-time at the Nova Scotia Community College from 1996-1998. Most of Ivan's acrylic paintings reference landscape to frame different narratives.  None of these places exist as depicted in the paintings, though all are derived from very clear memories of isolates or impressions of dream sequences, lending authenticity to the overall impression.

Awards and Grants

May 2012 Creation Grant, N.S. Dept. of Culture, Aug. 2009  Presentation Grant, N.S. Dept. of Culture, 
May 2009 Shortlist, Mayor's Award of Distinction, Contemporary Visual Art, 
2007 Creation Grant, N.S. Dept. of Culture.
 Presentation Grant, N.S. Dept. of Culture, 
2004 Presentation Grant, N.S. Dept. of Culture, 
2003 Trade Mission, Trade Commissioner Service, Los Angeles


Ivan Murphy paints full-time in Halifax, and teaches part-time at NSCAD University. Work is represented in private galleries in Halifax, NS, Toronto, ON and Calgary, AB. Public exhibitions include: Mayoral Award Finalist Exhibition, City Hall, Halifax; Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery; Nova Scotia Museum; Anna Leonowens Gallery; Government House; and the Khyber Centre for the Arts. 
Murphy has been a member of the selection committees for both the Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Program and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. He has received grants from the Nova Scotia Department of Culture in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012. In 2009, he was shortlisted for the Halifax Mayor’s Award of Distinction for Contemporary Visual Art, and was invited by the Fine Arts Division at NSCAD to deliver a presentation to students and faculty. As part of the inaugural HRM Public Art competition program, work was selected by jury for the new Prospect Road Community Centre in 2010. 
Murphy’s works are held in numerous public and private collections. Public and corporate collections include the Nova Scotia Art Bank (2006 and 2012); the U.S. Consul General; the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa; TD Bank, NS; Butterfield Fund Services, NS; Ocean Entertainment, NS; McInnes Cooper, NS; Spectacle Design Inc., NS; Accelerator Inc, NS; and St. Lawrence College, QC.


2012      TD Canada Trust
     Chevro Canada
     Nova Scotia Art Bank
     Private collections
2011     Private collections
2010     Department Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
2009     U.S. Consul General
2008     Department Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
     Butterfield Fund Services, Halifax/Bermuda
 2007     Tom Butterfield, Bermuda
     McInnes Cooper Law, Halifax
2006     Nova Scotia Art Bank 
2005     TD Canada Trust Bank, and Ocean Digital, Halifax
2003–07 Spectacle Design, Halifax
1985     St. Lawrence College, Québec, Qc.


1986–1992     NSCAD; Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication, Honours
1985          Cégep Ste. Foy, Québec; Certificat d’arts plastiques
1984          Societé d’aquarelle du Canada, Certificate, Québec
1983–1985     Cégep St. Lawrence College, Diplôme d’études collégiale

Arts Atlantic, Issue #77, review for Implicit Absence by Leah Sandals
CBC Radio, Halifax/Toronto
The Coast, Halifax

2002, 2000, 1992, 1990
Chronicle Herald, Halifax

CKDU Radio, Halifax

 2007     Susan Gibson Garvey, Observed & Interior Geographies, Gallery Page and Strange
2006     Drew Klassen, Roots and Shoots, Mount St. Vincent University Gallery
2005     Svava Juliusson, Passionate Return, Gallery Page and Strange
Nov. 5 2009     Chronicle Herald, At The Galleries by Elissa Barnard
Dec. 9 2006     Globe and Mail, Gary Michael Dault (Weekend Review)
Nov. 19 2005     Chronicle Herald, Elissa Barnard; The Coast
2004          CTV; Chronicle Herald, Elissa Barnard; The Coast
Autumn 2002     Arts Atlantic, Issue #77, review for Implicit Absence by Leah Sandals
1990–2001     The Coast, CKDU FM

Professional Associations
Presentations, Activities 
Feb. 2012     Member, selection committee, N.S. Dept. of Culture
October 2009     Artists Presentation, NSCAD University, Halifax
2004          Member, selection committee for N.S. Art Bank Purchase Program October 24 2003          Presentation; Anna Leonowens Gallery (NSCAD University), Halifax
December 2002     Public presentation; Second Saturday Gallery Tour
1994–1998     Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax

Professional Development

1995—Present     Part-time instructor, NSCAD University, Halifax
2006–Present     Art instructor, Halifax Independent School
1997–1999      Full-time contract instructor (Applied Arts), N.S. Community College

Selected Commissions

Commemorative stamp artwork for Canada Post, including the international 1497-1997 Cabot stamp, the Gander Postal Centre opening and future stamp art commissions

Poster art for the Jazz East Festival, Word on the Street, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Theatre Festival

Illustrations in Children’s publications

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 May-Sept.     Art Gallery of Ontario and Beckett Fine Art; AR+SG, with MoMA Abstract Expressionism exhibition
Jan.-Dec.          Group shows, Gallery Page and Strange
October            Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) w/ Gallery Page and Strange    
October            Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) w/ Gallery Page and Strange
December          Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax
Feb.22-Mar. 18    The Landscape, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto
December          Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax    
Sept./Dec.          Wallace Galleries, Calgary
September 9      Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax
2000–2005          Exhibitions w/ Khyber, NSCAD, and private galleries in Toronto/Halifax

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Selected Solo/Two-person Exhibitions

April 27-May 18          Solo, Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax
Oct. 17–Nov. 6          Solo, Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax
November          Solo, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 20–Nov.3          Solo, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
Sept.7–28          Solo, Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dec.2–16 2006          Solo, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto, Ontario
November 4          Solo, Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax
June 7–July 9          Solo, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto      
Sept. 22–Oct.4           Two-person Faculty show, Anna Leonowens Gallery 2, NSCAD University
Nov.12–Dec.2          Solo, Secord Gallery, Halifax
March–April           Solo, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto
Dec. 6–July 1          Solo, Government House, Halifax (At the invitation of the Lt.-Governor of Nova Scotia, The           Honourable Myra Freeman.)
April 5– 30          Implicit Absence, two-person show w/ D. Klassen, Argyle Fine Art
February           Two-person show w/ Kotaro Migishi, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto
June                Two-person show, Secord Gallery, Halifax

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