Born in Tiffin, OH on Jan. 4, 1906. After studying at the ASL in NYC, Murphy was a cartoonist for newspapers in New York and Chicago for many years. He moved to San Francisco in 1930 and, after studying at the CSFA, abandoned commercial work to devote his time to fine arts. From 1935-40 he worked on the Federal Art Project and completed 91 lithographs, many of the construction of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. From 1943 he served as war artist in the South Pacific. After the war he settled in Connecticut and taught art in New Haven. He died in Old Saybrook, CT in 1991. Exh: Public Works of Art Project, So. Calif., 1934 (mural); SFAA, 1937; De Young Museum, 1939; SFMA, 1941 (solo). In: SFMA; Newark Museum; De Young Museum; OaklanNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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