|Biography from Odon Wagner Gallery:|
|Patricia Murphy-Macdonald has been working as an artist since
graduating with honors from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in
1988. She trained formally in painting and works in oil, as well
as water media - watercolor, egg tempera and mixed media. |
has shown in both solo and group shows throughout the Vancouver lower
mainland and in Toronto. In 2000, she was selected as one of five
Artists to participate in “The House of Mirrors Project”, a community
based project funded by the Canada Council.
For a number of
years, she developed and ran a decorative and fine art business “Murphy
Macdonald & Co.” with her husband, artist John Macdonald.
More recently, she has moved from Vancouver to Salt Spring Island with
her daughter, and husband, where she continues to paint.
Ongoing Work 2001 - 2004
by everyday life and the everyday object, Patricia Murphy-Macdonald
invokes her own individual vision. With the use of irony, humor
and a sense of humility, these objects begin to take on a larger than
life appeal. They elevate the ordinary aspects of life.
takes the small, simple, incidental, and mundane, and by embodying them
in paint, transcends the physical leaving one lingering on the emotion
or sense aroused by the object. She plays with the patterns of
nature or creates synthetic ones that stimulate and reinforce those
Influenced by Pop Art, though rather than a cynical or
critical vision, she maintains the whimsical, not unlike Wayne
Thiebaud’s cakes and children’s toys of the 1960’s. Her work recalls as
well artists such as Gathie Falk and Mary Pratt, also inspired by the
In her work there is repetition, reduction, and
a modest comic mode. But there is also a love of the paint and
that in every brush stroke refers to the world of painting.
with the intention to document aspects of domestic life,
Murphy-Macdonald purposefully painted her daughters shoes looking
straight down to reinforce the concept of documentation. She
intentionally chose a subject touched on the sentimental, and then did
multiples to strengthen that emotional association. The plate
paintings such as Trout and Flowers or Nature on a plate juxtapose
objects opposed to our senses. So at once they move from being an
attractive image to one unsettling.
With the painting Birthday,
she considers how most celebratory occasions can be emotionally loaded,
and will continue to explore or document other objects that are
associated with these festivities. These paintings fall into her Picnic
series, a group of paintings she is now working on. They include a
number of florals, and panels, which confer as fragments of a whole.
These paintings have much to do with living in an idyllic setting in
the country, surrounded by gardens and nature.
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