These paintings are about both interior and exterior geographies,
with the canvas as a site of transition where content is constantly
re-worked and altered to follow shifting memories and impressions.
Painting has always been firmly connected to landscape, including the
status and effect of human involvement; but the experience and memory
of a particular place is the impetus for the work. Over time, memory
retains only relevant aspects of a place, until the work is gradually
distilled into almost iconic isolates.
The immense quiet and serenely concealed wreckage of a winter
clear-cut has provided direction for more recent work (the series of
paintings); the physical process of painting parallels the process and
attributes of the site towards a balance between observed reality and
Ivan Murphy (b. Quebec City, 1964) obtained his degree in
Communication Design (Honours) from NSCAD in 1992. He currently paints
full-time in Halifax, and teaches part-time at NSCAD University. Work
has been shown in public venues including the Khyber Centre for the
Arts, Anna Leonowens Gallery (NSCAD), and the Mount Saint Vincent
University Gallery, as well as at private galleries in Halifax,
Toronto, Calgary, and the Lieutenant Governor's residence, Nova Scotia.
Murphy's work appears in significant private and public collections. In
2004 Murphy was on the selection committee for the Nova Scotia Art Bank
Purchase Program. He was awarded grants from the Nova Scotia Department
of Culture in 2004 and 2007. Murphy also participated in a cultural
trade mission to Los Angeles in 2003 with The Honourable Myra A.
Freeman, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.