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Robert Murphy

A modernist abstracted take on desert photography around Palm Springs.


Robert spends a great deal of time in the Palm Springs area making images of the desert using photography and digital editing.

From Robert Murphy:

My intention as a photographer is to show not only how the camera records light but also to make reference to human sensibilities that the experience elicits. My approach to art making includes layering digital drawing and mark making on the photographs that I have taken.The images reflect the spirit of my experiences.

I was 19 years old when I started to form an artistic perspective. My curiosity led me to the University of Minnesota where I began to develop a personal artistic vision. I made photographs of my hometown and scenes that I found to be interesting. The years rolled by and my vision of the world changed as did my work as an artist. I found new ways to show the complexity of life and my work began to speak about what it is like to be human. I discovered the desert region of Southern California and I found it to be a source of inspiration.  My years working in the desert along with my hometown photographs have led me to understand that places and communities influence the hopes, dreams and expectations of the person. I realized early on that I was more interested in the psychological aspects of art and the appearance of things is only part of the experiential equation. My photography and paintings that make reference to the land have become a diverse linear collection of experience and creative investigations. 

Early in my career I was very fortunate to be awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. I believe that the support I received from those organizations helped me to find a way to live a life of creativity. Over the years I have shared my work and creative experiences in many ways including gallery and museum exhibitions, corporate consulting and teaching. My work is in both public and private collections.

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