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Norma O'Hara Murphy

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Local Address:  North Carolina , United States


  • bachelor of fine art degree
    Appalachian State University
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'Still Life with Daises' by Norma ..., 2 Aug 2013 [cached]
'Still Life with Daises' by Norma Murphy
The Art Cellar Gallery will be presenting the paintings of well-known North Carolina artist Norma Murphy in an exhibition, "Woman in the Works," running Aug. 1 to 24.
According to The Art Cellar, the show features a body of work that highlights the feminine attitude, with the artist's own aesthetic and personality at the core of her paintings.
Murphy works in watercolors, oil paintings and acrylic collage works on canvas, from tea scenes and florals to landscapes, each with her distinctive style and interpretation.
Much of Murphy's works reflect her interest in the impressionist masters and other artists who inspire her, such as Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso. Known for her ladies at tea, sewing circles and other social scenes, Murphy pulls her inspiration from a childhood of solitude, which made her feel "nurtured," she said.
Murphy grew up playing outside in the woods and creeks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dreaming of ladies in flowery dresses. She would thumb through Sears Roebuck catalogues and cut out figures and outfits, making up games and outside adventures.
Having painted for more than 50 years, Murphy said she has developed a deeper appreciation of life and art and the way the two can play off each other.
She uses the canvas as a diary, in which she tells her stories in hopes of creating a timeless piece of art, saying, "I have survived life's little struggles so far because I have found in art escape, exploration, joy, solitude, companionship, confidence and growth."
An alumna of historic Berea College in Kentucky, she also received a bachelor of fine art degree from Appalachian State University. Murphy has studied art all her life through focusing on specific styles and periods and visiting major art exhibitions of the many artists who have influenced her work.
She has won several awards and has been published in magazines, such as All About Women. She recently presented a one-day painting workshop in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
"Come experience the work of the popular and accomplished artist and join us in celebrating Norma Murphy's work," Brown said.
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Norma Murphy's artwork will be ..., 16 Aug 2012 [cached]
Norma Murphy's artwork will be celebrated this month at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk.
The August Anniversary Gallery Bash takes place at The Art Cellar Gallery on Monday, Aug. 20, and this month celebrates the work of artist Norma Murphy.
Murphy is the first artist represented by Pam McKay when she opened the gallery 20 summers ago. Murphy is well known throughout the state for her range of paintings and particularly for her "ladies at tea" or "in the garden. She works in oils, watercolors and acrylics, as well as in her popular acrylics and paper on canvas collages.
A lifetime painter, Murphy studied at Berea College, Delaware State University and Appalachian State University. Her work has been included in numerous prestigious exhibitions and publications and is included in corporate and private collections across the Southeast. During the 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash, Murphy will be at the gallery with new collages and to talk with visitors about her work.
Norma Murphy's artwork will be celebrated this month at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk.
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The Art Cellar Gallery will be presenting the paintings of well-known North Carolina artist Norma Murphy in an exhibition, "Woman in the...
The August 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash ..., 19 July 2012 [cached]
The August 20th Anniversary Gallery Bash will celebrate the first artist represented by the gallery, painter Norma Murphy.
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