R o g e r M u r p h y
I like to paint in watercolour on location, working very quickly to capture the immediacy of the moment. However, as I get older, I am painting more in the studio doing larger watercolours and gouaches, as well as acrylics on canvas.
Roger Murphy was apprenticed to a commercial printer as a lithographic artist and studied life drawing under past AWI Member, Jack Carington Smith, at the Tasmanian School of Art. He has won a number of prizes including the Derwent Festival Art Prize in 1967, the inaugural Wrest Point Art Prize (watercolour section), 1996 and the main prize in 2007. He has exhibited in Fujian Province, China with the Australia China Friendship Society in 1989. In 2005, The Mercury newspaper ranked Roger Murphy as one of Tasmania’s ‘Top Ten Artists.’
Murphy has received numerous commissions, including those from North Broken Hill Peko, to paint in and around their operations throughout Australia in 1990; Tasmanian Government Printer, to undertake five paintings of Hobart waterfront for a series of prints in 1990; International Catamarans, for twenty paintings to be hung in two of their ships during 1990; Tourism Tasmania, for six watercolours to be used as posters in 1991. He was also commissioned by Arts Tasmania to undertake a major mural in the new Mental Health Secure Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital. The mural was based on a painting done at the Douglas River on the East Coast of Tasmania. He was engaged to design three sets of stamps and associated postal material for Norfolk Island. The Tasmanian Government purchased a painting to present to the Fujian Province Government, China in 1983.
Since 1989, Murphy has painted full-time in watercolours and oils in his home studio at Kingston Beach, Tasmania.
He has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005.