Shayne Murphy joins realism with geometric abstraction to create otherworldly representations of people, places, and happenings. Adept combinations of sharp, graphic shapes, precisely modeled forms, and hazy graphite generate each works depth of field, cerebral content, and spatial perceptions. Vibrant candy colors with blurry scribbles and clouds of grey beget an almost eerie tone, leaving these dynamic, isolated images somewhere on the cusp of utopian and dystopian. Murphy's work forces speculation of what we see, what we imagine, and whether these concepts are mutually exclusive.
Houston-based artist Shayne Murphy holds an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas, and has exhibited his work across Texas in such venues as Blue Star Contemporary Museum, San Antonio; Lawndale Art Center, Houston; Texas A&M International University, Laredo; 500x Gallery, Dallas; Beaumont Art League, Beaumont; and the University of North Texas Main Gallery, Denton. In 2014, Murphy completed the year-long Artist Studio Program residency at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. His work can be found in private and corporate collections, including Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.
"Devil May Care" by Chris Becker of CityBook Magazine:
"Shayne Murphy's Paintings Blend Reality, Abstraction" by Andy Smith of Hi-Fructose:
"Show Up: Shayne Murphy" by Casey Gregory of Arts+Culture TX: