Ivan Murphy


Ivan’s landscape work internalizes the observed and the remembered into basic structure and meaning; through simplification, fragmentation etc. the work naturally finds itself between representation and abstraction. Memory of place is chiseled down to cryptic form and colour, allowing for interpretation of the materiality, plasticity, and process of painting.
Ivan Murphy (b. 1964, Québec, Canada) paints full-time in Halifax, and works part-time as NSCAD instructor and pilotage deckhand. Public exhibitions include the 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, and exhibitions with private galleries across Canda.

In 2014, Murphy was selected by jury for the venerable Canadian Armed Forces Artist Program, and will complete this residency in 2015. He has received grants from the Nova Scotia Department of Culture in 2012, 2004, 2007 and 2009; in that same year, he was shortlisted for the Halifax Mayor’s Award of Distinction in Contemporary Visual Art, and was a jury member with both the N.S. Department of Culture and Heritage and the N.S. Art Bank in 2004. As part of the HRM Public Art competition program, work was selected by jury for the new Prospect Community Centre in 2010.

Murphy’s works are held in numerous public and private collections. Public and corporate collections include the U.S. Consul General, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa;  Nova Scotia Art Bank, NS;  TD Bank, NS;  Butterfield Fund Services, NS; Ocean Entertainment, NS;  St. Lawrence College, QC;  McInnes Cooper, NS, Spectacle Design Inc., NS, Accelerator Inc, NS., and various private collections worldwide.