Sandra Murphy

Profile At A Glance

Sandra is a Toronto-based artist who is currently working on a series of nostalgic still lifes filled with emotion, detail and lush colour. Each painting is worked from life, starting with a carefully rendered sight-size drawing, followed by multiple layers of paint and glazes in the traditional manner.

Gallery Representation

  • Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona.  Click here to visit Sandra’s profile at the gallery.
  • Biggs’ Gallery, Aurora, ON

Honours/Awards

  • “Red Roadster”, Finalist in the Still Life/Interior category of The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition, 2016
  • “A California Red”, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, June 2016
  • “Red Roadster”, FAV 15% in BoldBrush Art Competition, February 2016
  • “Hippo Oil”, Still Life Finalist in Art Renewal Centre 2014/2015 Annual Salon Competition
  • “Hippo Oil” awarded Honorable Distinction in Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste 2nd Annual International Competition, 2015
  • “Antique Horse” one of 15% Favourites in BoldBrush Art Competition, March 2015
  • “Hippo Oil” selected out of over 6,500 entries as a Finalist in the Still Life/Interior category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 31st Annual Art Competition, 2014
  • “My Rusty Truck”, Still Life Finalist in Art Renewal Centre 2013-2014 Annual Salon Competition
  • “Theodore” one of 15% Favourites in BoldBrush Art Competition, September 2014
  • “David (Standing)” one of 15% Favourites in BoldBrush Art Competition, May 2014
  • “My Rusty Truck”, Finalist in BoldBrush Art Competition, March 2014, Juror: Phil Couture
  • “Gramophone” awarded Honorable Mention in American Artists’ Professional League 2013 Future Art Masters Exhibition

Publications

  • Fine Art Connoisseur, October 2015, image of Hippo Oil in 8-page special advertising
    section for 2014/2015 ARC Salon Competition Finalists
  • Southwest Art, August 2015, half-page with image of Antique Horse in special section titled
    “Women in Art”
  • Southwest Art, January 2015, half-page editorial with image of Hippo Oil as Finalist in The
    Artist’s Magazine 2014 Juried Art Competition
  • Fine Art Connoisseur, December 2014, image of My Rusty Truck in 5-page special
    advertising section for 2013/2014 ARC Salon Competition Finalists
  • American Art Collector, November 2014, mention, with image of Broken Doll, in 3-page
    article titled “Beauty in Realism” on the 9th Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Show

Group Shows and Competitions

2016  

  • Get Real Artists Group Show, Visual Arts Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
  • OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH
  • The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition
  • Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, London, ON
  • Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
  • OPA Summer Online Showcase
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Art Competition, June
  • Society of Canadian Artists 2016 National Open Juried Online Exhibition
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Art Competition, May
  • Visual Arts Mississauga Members Show, Mississauga, ON
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Art Competition, March
  • OPA Spring Online Showcase
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Art Competition, February

2015  

  • Collection Beaux-Arts Réaliste Online Competition
  • Academy of Realist Art Annual Holiday Show and Sale, Toronto, ON
  • OPA Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • OPA Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
  • Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
  • Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival, Buckhorn, ON
  • The New Masters Exhibition, Carrier Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • OPA Summer Online Showcase
  • Academy of Realist Art, 2nd Annual Spring Exhibition, Toronto, ON
  • Art Renewal Center 2014/2015 Salon Competition
  • OPA Spring Online Showcase
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Art Competition, March
  • Collection Beaux-Arts Réaliste, 2nd Annual Online Competition

2014   

  • Academy of Realist Art Annual Christmas Show and Sale, Toronto, ON
  • OPA Fall Online Showcase
  • AAPL 86th Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • RayMar Online Painting Competition, September
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Art Competition, September
  • The New Masters Exhibition, Carrier Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • IGOR 9th Annual Juried Exhibition, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC
  • RayMar Online Painting Competition, July
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Competition, July
  • OPA Summer Online Showcase
  • The New Masters Exhibition, Gallery 814, Toronto, ON
  • Academy of Realist Art, First Annual Spring Exhibition, Toronto, ON
  • Art Renewal Center’s 2013/2014 Salon Competition
  • Life and Limb Exhibition, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Orillia, ON
  • Landscape Exhibition, The Image Foundry, Toronto, ON
  • Oil Painters of America Spring Online Exhibition
  • RayMar Online Painting Competition, May 2014
  • FASO BoldBrush Online Art Competition, May 2014
  • FASO Boldbrush Online Art Competition, March 2014
  • Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste First Annual Online Competition
  • Realist Exhibition, The Image Foundry, Toronto, ON

2013 

  • Academy of Realist Art Annual Christmas Show and Sale, Toronto, ON
  • AAPL 85th Grand National Exhibition, online exhibition
  • AAPL Future Art Masters Exhibition, online exhibition
  • Bloor West Village Art Tour, Toronto, ON

2012  

  • Pastel Artists.ca 21st Annual Open Juried Show, Toronto, ON
  • Cobourg Lions Art Show and Sale, Cobourg, ON

Associations

  • International Guild of Realism (IGOR)
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA)
  • The Art Renewal Center (ARC)
  • Get Real Artists, Founding Member

Biography

Sandra Murphy is a Toronto-area artist. Although she had always been interested in art, it wasn’t until mid-life that she took her first class. She had seen an advertisement for classes at the Art Gallery of Ontario, mentioned to her son that it sounded like a lot of fun, and promptly forgot about it. That Christmas, Murphy’s children presented her with a gift certificate for a beginners’ watercolour class at the AGO. Murphy was thrilled and terrified. With great trepidation, she attended her first class, was enchanted and has never looked back. That gift changed her life!

For several years, Murphy attended evening art classes at the AGO while continuing to work fulltime in the field of advertising. Upon losing her job, Murphy decided the time was right to follow her dream and enrol at the Academy of Realist Art (ARA). The ARA is a private institution teaching realism using classical techniques and teaching methods for drawing and painting based on those used by the 19th Century European academies. For five years, Murphy studied there under the expert guidance of Fernando Freitas, Ryan Gauvin, Juan Martinez and, for a short time, David Gluck and Matthew Mancini.

Upon graduation, Murphy pursued a full-time art career. She paints daily in her studio and, once a week, gets together with a small group to paint models from life.

Murphy is currently working on a series of nostalgic still lifes reflective of a kinder, gentler age. These paintings are worked sight-size from still life arrangements she sets up beside her easel. She usually does a carefully rendered drawing on paper which she then transfers to a custom-cut Dibond panel covered in fine linen. She does a thin underpainting separating the lights and darks, and follows that with multiple layers of paint and thin glazes to achieve rich, luminous colours.

Artist’s Statement

I am currently working on a series of nostalgic still life paintings reflective of a kinder, gentler age. I paint objects from the not too distant past, some of which are elegant and well cared for, others that are dusty, rusty, bashed and battered. Many of my paintings feature well-loved, well-used children’s toys that have been discarded, abandoned or simply outgrown. Some are toys my own children played with, some are from my childhood and still others I’ve found in antique stores or thrift shops.

These objects speak to me; they have a history. I can imagine the child who played with the toys or the adult that used the tools or household items. I create whole scenarios in my head. I try to paint these objects with empathy, to give them new life. I am always delighted when a viewer gives a fond smile and says, “Oh, I remember those.” or “I had one of those when I was a kid.”