King Street Gallery on William

Idris Murphy

Idris Murphy is a contemporary figurative landscape painter born in 1949, Sydney. Murphy graduated from National Art School with a diploma in Painting in 1971. He then became the institution’s Head of Drawing in 1997.

Idris completed a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong in NSW and a Graduate Diploma (Education), SCAE, Sydney whilst he was a lecturer at the College of Fine Art at UNSW from 1988 – 2007. In 1982, Murphy was a lecturer at the University of Wollongong, NSW, and was instrumental in establishing the printmaking department of newly founded School of Creative Arts.

From 1976 – 1977, Idris completed his Postgraduate studies in painting & printmaking, at Winchester College of Art, in the UK. To date, Murphy has had 40 solo exhibitions across Australia and internationally. Idris’ survey show I & Thou: Survey Exhibition 1986-2008, exhibited at King Street Gallery in Sydney, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery and Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery NSW. Idris has been represented by King Street Gallery since 1993.

Intrinsic to Murphy’s artmaking process is an engagement with the environment which surrounds him, and by extension, his en Plein air practice. Murphy explains that his ‘expeditions’ through the Australian bush ‘offer him enough to last a lifetime’. (Catalogue Essay, 2017, Gregor Sloss) His work aims to ‘transform an already imagined landscape’ (Sloss, 2017). Murphy’s practice attempts to mirror Indigenous respect for the Australian landscape, in its value. Murphy suggests that an indigenous Australian landscape painting is a reinvigoration of the landscape and is sustained by the Dreaming’s.

Murphy’s work can be found in a number of public, state and corporate collections such as the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Art Gallery NSW, State Library NSW, Artbank, Allens Collection, and the Westpac Collection.

Idris’ studio is located in Kurnell, Sydney.

Idris Murphy

Exhibitions

Films

Idris Murphy Empyrean exhibition 2019

Empyrean: scattering of stars is the intriguing title of the 2019 exhibition of leading Australian landscape artist Idris Murphy. In this sneak preview film, Idris talks with characteristic intelligence and humour about the work to be featured in the show, and gives us some insight into his philosophical and creative approach. The film was shot in April 2019 in Idris's studio in Kurnell in Sydney, just days before the exhibition opening, and Idris is surrounded by his works, some newly painted. The film was shot by Sean O'Brien, who has been collaborating with Idris on films since they first worked together in 2001 for the renowned arts documentary Two Thirds Sky. The exhibition will run at the King Street Gallery on William in Sydney from May 14 to June 8, 2019.

Six Artists | Seven Days

The exhibition features paintings and works on paper by Elisabeth Cummings, Idris Murphy, Peter Godwin, John Peart, Lucy Culliton and works by acclaimed photographer Jason Capobianco. Six Artists | Seven Days is the culmination of a project that began over a year ago when the artists were invited to spend a week exploring the 320,668 hectares of protected wilderness working closely with scientists from AWC’s Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kimberley.

Salient – Contemporary artists at the Western Front

A film by Maria Stoljar from 'Talking with Painters'. Salient, Contemporary artists at the Western Front is a travelling exhibition in NSW, 2018–2020. In 2017 twelve leading Australian artists visited the First World War battlefields of the Western Front, a century after the conflict that claimed so many lives. This exhibition brings together the works they created in response to the experience.

Two Thirds Sky

Leading Australian landscape artist Idris Murphy in the film Two Thirds Sky - Artists in Desert Country. Two Thirds Sky reveals different ways of seeing the Australian desert. It follows the creative journeys of five contemporary artists – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – from blank canvas to finished painting. Each artist has a different relationship to the land they paint yet all are attempting to express their identity and sense of belonging through their work. The featured artists are Peter Sharp, Jenny Sages, Idris Murphy, Judy Watson, and Gloria Petyarre. Written and Directed by Sean O'Brien.

Tide-Lands

Renowned landscape artist Idris Murphy walks and talks us through his exhibition Tide-Lands at the King Street Gallery on William, Sydney July 2015. Produced by Sean O'Brien. As an artist with a long background in teaching as well as painting, Idris is a keen communicator. He's happy to share not only the paintings, but the creative process behind the work, the places and people that inspire him. In this way, Idris gives us a rare glimpse into the act of painting and the life of an artist.

Your Friend The Enemy, Gallipoli

Documentary film maker Bruce Inglis travelled to Gallipoli in 2014 with a group of Australian and New Zealand artists to document painting in the landscape and the human figure in the landscape. Full length DVD available through SYNC Pictures and King Street Gallery on William.

Idris Murphy & Paul Martin at Warburton Gallery, Edinburgh

Following on from King Street Gallery's exhibition 'Landscape inscape' featuring works by Idris Murphy and Scottish artist Paul Martin, Paul takes us through their current exhibition 'Edgelands' on view at Warburton Art Gallery, Edinburgh.

Idris Murphy, Studio Visit

Leading Australian contemporary landscape painter Idris Murphy shows and talks us through his methods in the studio. Idris has brought back several paintings which he began in the field, in places such as Fowlers Gap and Mutawintji in far west NSW. Amongst many topics, Idris discusses colour, composition, use of paint, memory, evoking place, and real presence. Filmed in May 2013 at Idris's studio in Kurnell, Sydney. Sean O'Brien

Solo exhibitions [selected]

2019
Empyrean: scattering of stars King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2017
Real Presence King Street Gallery on William
New Work Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2016
Drawing Breath [works on paper & heliographs] King Street Gallery on William

2015
Tide-Lands King Street Gallery on William

2014
Landscapes Inscapes King Street Gallery on William
Idris Murphy & Paul Martin, Warburton Art Gallery, Edinburgh UK

2013
Everywhen King Street Gallery on William

2011
Interrogating Appearances King Street Gallery on William

2010
I & Thou: Survey Exhibition 1986-2008 Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Idris Murphy at Bett Gallery Hobart, Tas

2009
I & Thou King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
I & Thou: Survey Exhibition 1986-2008 Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2007
new paintings King Street Gallery on William

2005
equilibrium of contradictions king street gallery on burton, Sydney
Axia Gallery, Melbourne

2004
desert paintings king street gallery on burton
contemporary australian prints: from the collection Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
John Gordon Gallery (in assoc. with king street gallery on burton), Coffs Harbour, NSW

2003
flags of convenience king street gallery on burton

2002
Desert Country Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

2001
petrichor king street gallery on burton
Recent Work Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide

1999
works on paper king street gallery
landskips king street gallery on burton
Recent Work Axia Modern Art

1997
real presence king street gallery on burton

1995
constant revision king street gallery on burton

1993
other roads king street gallery on burton

1990
New Work Editions Southbank Galleries, Melbourne

1989
Recent Work Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
New Work Editions Southbank Galleries

1987
Selected Prints- Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf Theatre, Sydney

1986
Recent Work Macquarie Galleries

1984
Recent Work Macquarie Galleries

1983
Recent Work Macquarie Galleries
Orange Festival Orange, NSW

1982
Recent Work Macquarie Galleries

1978
Upstream Galleries, London

1974   
Recent Work
Macquarie Galleries

1972
Recent Work Macquarie Galleries

Group Exhibitions [selected]

2019
Conversations with Alice Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Inside/Outside King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2018-20
Salient – Contemporary Artists on the Western Front New England Regional Art Museum, NSW; ANZAC Memorial, Sydney; Bank Art Museum, Moree, NSW; Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW; Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW

2018
100 years on King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Salient Melbourne Australia Club Melbourne, Vic
National Art, Part one National Art School, Sydney
Gallipoli Drawings Newcastle University Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Hadley’s Art Prize Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart, Tas
A Painted Landscape Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
The Art of Friendship Gallery Lane Cove and Creative Studios, Sydney

2017
Artist Profile Australasian Painters Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
Hadley’s Art Prize Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart, TAS

2016
Paint my Place Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery
Alcastan Gallery, Melbourne

2015
Packsaddle Exhibition New England Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Gallipoli 5 King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2015-17
Country & Western: landscape re-imagined [curated by Gavin Wilson], launching at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Qld-travelling Qld, NSW, Vic, NT

2015
Hazelhurst Works on Paper Award Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
Plein Air Painting Prize Parliament House, Sydney
Your Friend the Enemy 100 Years On, Gallipoli The Drill Hall Gallery
Your Friend the Enemy 100 Years On, Gallipoli Travelling: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
A Salute: Drawing Show Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW
Plein Air Painting prize Parliament House, NSW

2014
Oz to Waiheke Waiheke Community Art Gallery, NZ Gallipoli Art Prize Exhibition Gallipoli Club Sydney

2012-13
Not the Way Home [curated by Owen Craven] S.H. Ervin, Sydney & traveling

2012
KIAF/12 Korean International Art Fair, COEX Building, Seoul
The Big Picture King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Virtual Reality: Interpreting the Landscape [King Street Gallery @ Newcastle University Gallery] Newcastle, NSW
Fowlers Gap [13 artists paint the desert] Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2010-11
On this Island [Eleven prominent artist paint New Zealand] curated by Owen Craven, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, NSW; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW; King Street Gallery on William, Sydney; Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

2010
Everything and Nothing King Street Gallery on William
Recent Acquisitions Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Three Artists [Euan Macleod, Idris Murphy, Ann Thompson] Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW
Recent Acquisitions Charles Sturt University Art Collection, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Prints from Cicada Press [curated by Michael Kempson], Bowen Galleries, Wellington, NZ

2009
Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2008
Stations of the Cross 2008 St Ives Uniting Church, Sydney
Plein Air Painting Prize NSW Parliament House, Sydney

2007
Five x Five Ivan Dougherty Gallery, COFA, University of NSW, Sydney

2006
Going Out There Alliance Francaise, Paris, France
king street gallery at doggett street studios [cummings, elliott, murphy, penrose hart, sages], Brisbane, Qld
Painting 2006 John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Kedumba Drawing Prize Kedumba Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar, Wentworth Falls, NSW

2005
Kedumba Drawing Award Kedumba Gallery, Blue Mountains Grammar
Kings School Art Prize Kings School, Parramatta, NSW
(Going) Out There – Responses to the Remote lands around Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station North of Broken Hill Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

2004
Spectrum 2004 [FONAS], Parliament House, Sydney
Fleurieu Prize for Landscape South Australia

2003
64 years king street gallery on burton
An Approachable Landscape Axia Modern Art

2002
Two Thirds Sky- artists in desert country Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney
A Silver Lining & A New Beginning Ivan Dougherty Gallery, COFA, UNSW
common ground Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

2001
floating king street gallery on burton
Our Place: Images of Coffs Harbour & Region Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Views king street gallery, Sydney
Landscapes Artists Ties Gallery, Canberra
last show of the year king street gallery on burton

2000
Southern Sydney Artists Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
last show of the year king street gallery on burton
Melbourne Art Fair 2000 king street gallery, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

1999
Schools & Universities Invitational Millennium Art Prize Schools & Universities Club, Sydney
last show of the year king street gallery on burton

1998
Staff Exhibition Ivan Dougherty Gallery
last show of the year king street gallery on burton

1996
In Process Ivan Dougherty Gallery
first night king street gallery
The Outback Art Prize Broken Hill City Art Gallery, NSW
gallery artists king street gallery

1995
Ironsides Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
The French Embrace Alliance Francaise, Sydney

1993-94
Common Ground University of New South Wales; Broken Hill City Art Gallery, NSW

1994
gallery artists king street gallery on burton
Australian Contemporary Art Fair4 Royal Exhibition Building

1993
Editions Southbank Galleries
Virtu Ivan Dougherty Gallery

1992
The Book and Print Show University of Wollongong
Manu et Mente Ivan Dougherty Gallery
Australian Exhibition- Contemporary Binding National Library of Australia, Canberra
Critic’s Choice Macquarie Galleries
Blake Prize for Religious Art Blaxland Gallery, Sydney & touring Australia

1991
The Artist- The Printmaker Editions Southbank Galleries
The Book and Print Show University of Wollongong; Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, NSW

1990
Editions Southbank Galleries

1988
Art Collegium University of Technology, Sydney
Heretic National Library of Australia, Canberra

1987
Bushweek Queensland Arts Council, Brisbane and Queensland Regional Art Centre
Tribute to Lloyd Rees Macquarie Galleries
Rainforest Show Macquarie Galleries

1986
Wynne Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1984
Orange Festival Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
Wynne Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales

1983
Bushweek Macquarie Galleries

1982
Wynne Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales

1981
Sulman Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales

1980
Sulman Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales

1978
Red Show Thumb Gallery, London

Collections

Allens Arthur Robinson
Australian Graduate School of Management
Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland, Qld
Artbank, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Bibliotheque National de Paris
Brisbane Grammar School, Qld
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Charles Sturt University, NSW
Clot/Bramsen et Georges Studio, Paris
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
Gallipoli Memorial Club
Kedumba Drawing Collection, NSW
Long Gallery & Art Collection, University of Wollongong, NSW
Macquarie Bank, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Library of Australia, Canberra
Northern Rivers CAE, NSW
Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
Parliament House, Canberra
Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery, Qld
State Library of New South Wales
Telecom Collection, Melbourne
Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland
UBS Warburg, Sydney
University of New South Wales
Westpac Collection, Australia

Selected essays & articles

Empyrean: scattering of stars

Salient: contemporary artists at the Western Front

Country and Western: landscape re-imagined

Your friend the enemy

Landscapes inscapes

Interrogating Appearances

Surreal, colourful and rich: The artistic oasis of Fowlers Gap by Diane Nazaroff

University of New South Wales Sydney Newsroom publication

19 November 2019

Rivers of despair at loss of Darling by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

4 October 2019

Archibald finalists 2019

Sydney Morning Herald

2019

Fields of sacrifice by Brad Manera

The Weekend Financial Review

24-25 March 2018

Idris Murphy: The ‘within of things’

Art Almanac Online

October 2017

Printmaking as painting: the art of the heliograph

Artist Profile Magazine Issue 39

2017

Drawing breath by Lucy Stranger

Artist Profile

15 June 2016

Prized depiction of Gallipoli by Justin Burke

The Australian

24 April 2014

ANZAC Grandson Idris Murphy wins the 2014 Gallipoli Art Prize

Media Release - The Gallipoli Club

23 April 2014

Everywhen essay by Andrew Frost

The Art Life

18 July 2013

Watch this space by Patricia Anderson

Sydney Morning Herald

24 June 2012

Outback inspiration by John McDonald

Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

16 June 2012

Idris Murphy: Not the Way home

Artist Profile, p82-83

2012

Year's first exhibit by unknown

Barrier Daily Newspaper

2010

Idris Murphy: I and Thou essay by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

3-4 October 2009

Letters by Idris Murphy

Modern Painters

2009

Idris Murphy by Glenn Barkley

Artist Profile, Issue 3

2008

Punchy and inventive by Sebastian Smee

Arts in The Australian

September 2007

Idris Murphy feature

COFA Behind the Scenes Summer publication

2006

The guiding lights by John McDonald

Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald

23 December 2005

The Australian landscape revisited by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald

10-11 September 2005

Two thirds Sky - Artists in desert country: Idris Murphy

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Publication

2002

Two Thirds Sky - A must see documentary

COFA UNSW publication Issue 5

August - November 2002

Treasure on boardroom walls by Michael Reid

Sydney Morning Herald

September 2000

Thoroughly Modern Clarice by Bruce James

Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald

1999

The best game in town by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald

12 April 1997

In the game by Jacques Delaruelle

The Sydney Review

September 1993

No mere window dressing by Bronwyn Watson

Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald

September 1993

In the Game: review by Jacques Delaruelle

The Sydney Review

September 1993