Aileen Murphy

trick kneel, back around go

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Year 2021
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper (acid free)
Dimensions 32 x 24 cm
Nominated by Emma Goltz

About the work

In drawing I search for possible ways that a figure can be, using ideas from imagination and memory. This is a drawing of a kneeling figure reaching backwards into shadow, searching, tickling, itching. There is something there that cannot be seen but is felt – held and un-held.

About the artist:

Born 1984 Sligo, Aileen Murphy lives and works in Berlin. Graduated with a BA from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2007); and the Staedelschule Art Academy, Frankfurt am Main (2018).

Murphy’s distinct approach to painting generates imagery through a combination of slow layering and fast applications of oil paint. There is a delicate urgency found in play and discomfort. The painting is a space for imaginative action, taking colour and gesture as live wires. Fictive characters are the focal point for the paintings and the images committed to canvas arrive there through an ongoing process of reinvention.

Selected exhibitions include Flush, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (2020); Fables of Resurrection, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2020); PANTING, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2019); Vision X, the RHA Gallery, Dublin (2019); Bounty (with Diana Copperwhite), Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2018); THE SAME AS EVER BUT MORE SO, Braunsfelder, Cologne (2018); Naked Cheerleaders in my Chest, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2017); Summertime Witchcraft, (with Anders Dickson), The Fort, Brooklyn (2016); Opals, curated by Vincent Honore, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger (2016); Hands Laid On, with Kathy Tynan, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2016); Die Marmory Show III, Guilty Pleasures, curated with Eva Birkenstock, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2016); The Limited Sphere, 321 Gallery, Brooklyn (2016); and Stuffing, with Bradley Davies, Jo-Anne/Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main (2015).

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Project for a Monument (Haunted)

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Untitled (Blanket)

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