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Artist John Murphrey’s Inspired Style

By Jennifer Russoart-john-murphrey

Some of the paintings are decisively realistic, others display skill in Impressionism, and still some others are more abstract.  Some reflect a traditional landscape or still-life beauty and some have a more contemporary flair.  In a room full of John Murphrey’s paintings, you may not realize that they were all created by the same artist, that they have come from mind and soul of just one man, but you will be struck by the beautiful interpretations of their respective subjects.

art-jack-m-bridge-over-lake-quinsigamondThe moment he was given some paper and a few pencils, John Murphrey fell in love with the idea of creating beautiful works of art.  When he was eleven years old, his brother (who was taking an art class at the time) let him borrow some of his oil paints and John never looked back.  Later he would design, build and paint theatre sets in school and then for the Westborough Players Club, of which he became a member. About combining the two art forms, acting and painting, John asserts that “…all talents in the arts come together at one point or another.”

Likewise, John draws inspiration from many different artists hailing from many different schools of painting and is still finding his own signature artistic style.

“I love seeing original artwork by all artists.  I can emulate others and am experimenting with new ways of composing, coloring and improving my ability to have others see what I see when I look at a scene.  Though I haven’t found it yet, I will know when I truly find my own style,” says John. art-jack-m-redchurch-in-grafton-vt

One painting that significantly influenced John is Childe Hassam’s 1885 Boston Common at Twilight. John’s aunt had the print in her home and it drew him in. He recalls the experience of looking at the artist’s portrayal of the city in winter: “I was transfixed for a very long time and could feel the emotion of the people in the painting.  I could see the scene with their eyes. Being from North Carolina, I only experienced one snowstorm until I left the state, so this was powerful for me. Winter landscapes are still my favorite thing to paint.”

I asked John how he feels art betters the world.  He responded that “Art warms the heart, inspires the soul, speaks for all humanity and makes the world a better place by depicting shared human experiences.  If the governments of the world spent more money on art and less on war, this would be a much better place to live.”

I couldn’t agree more.

John’s artwork is for sale and can be viewed in January at the Sweet Bites Café (www.sweet-bites.com) in Acton and has also been shown at shows organized by the Hudson Art Alliance (www.upwitharts.org), Serindipity in Hudson, and the In-A-Garden gift and antique shop in Boylston. The artist is a member of the Artist Guild of Shrewsbury. Individuals interested in commissioning work may contact John at jmrey51@msn.com.

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