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 Arthur George Murphy  (1906 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: California/Connecticut/Ohio      Known for: industrial, bridgebuilding

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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; Oakland Museum; NMAA; Philadelphia Museum; MM.
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Lithographer and painter Murphy was born in Tiffin, Ohio. He was a pupil of Boardman Robinson at the Art Students League, New York, and worked as a cartoonist for many years for New York and Chicago newspapers.

He moved to San Francisco in 1933 and after studying at the California School of Fine Arts, abandoned commercial work to devote his time to fine arts.

During the 1930s he worked on the Federal Art Project. He exhibited a mural in the Public Works of Art Project, Southern California in 1934 and horse and cowboy lithographs at the De Young Museum in 1939.

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