Conor Murphy was born in Ireland and is presently living in a beautiful little village on the West Coast. He loves the Land and Seascape of his country. A lot of his work is in Impasto (textured) and Acrylic which reflects the rich texture of the Irish landscape and especially the rugged landscape of the West Coast of Ireland. I hope you find some enjoyment in my works, and welcome home.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
Winning a paint tray at an egg and spoon race when I was seven.
How would you describe your own personal style?
A love for the freedom of the wild landscape.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
Living in West Cork, it's hard to escape the beauty of it.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
The pure rawness of the environment and its capacity to offer up a different panorama from one day to the next.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
My Aunt was my inspiration, she was a great artist.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
Earlier in my career when I was starting off I used oil paints a lot but now it is only acrylics, I use it straight from the tube and employ a lot of knife work also.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
The landscape of Ireland is just so beautiful, you could never run out of options when it comes to depicting it on the canvas, it is everywhere around us.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
I take pictures of my travels around the West coast of Ireland when I remember to take my phone of camera, otherwise it is memory. Once settled at my easel I work from the top to bottom, for me it is always the Sky first, for other artists it is last.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?
I wish I could paint everyday but I can't, it comes and goes like night and day. I can go without painting for months and then get an idea out of the blue.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
Practise and more practise.
Which of your artworks are you most proud?
Hard to say, they are all my babies.
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?
I think it would have to be the Impressionist era.
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
The sheer volume of great artists out there makes it harder for your work to be found in the multitude of artworks created.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
A straight forward piece of advice, do your own thing and enjoy it.
Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
No.I feel confident that my own personal style is all the time developing with practise, and I feel that I am achieving the creative result that I desire when trying to capture the beauty of my homeland.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
Sometimes it is hard to put the brush or knife down because you think you can improve it, but in reality you can make a mess of things by not letting go, there is a point where you have to trust that enough is enough.
Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?
I can fully understand why others may choose their path, but for me it is purely for the sake of expressing my creative nature.
What are you working on at the moment?
I wish I was working on something at the moment, but I have Painters block. Time, patience and the desire to paint generally help overcome this phase.
Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
I don't have any exhibitions coming up, I am one of the lucky ones as I never have enough work to show because of sales, which is a very good complaint.