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Christus Murphy’s Exhibition, Flesh and Vegetation, Holds Closing Reception

By Kenley Beecher

On Saturday, April 13, Boston artist Christus Murphy will host a closing reception for his exhibition, Flesh and Vegetation, at Bordello Galeria.

Closing Reception
Flesh and Vegetation
Christus Murphy
Sat, Apr 13, 5–7pm
Bordello Galeria, Casa de la Noche
Organos 19

This exhibition includes oil paintings of figures, landscapes, and florals, work that Murphy has completed since 2000.

Murphy has been painting since he was a young boy. Adults around him recognized his talents before he turned eight. As a young man, he studied at the Massachusetts College of Art, where he was introduced to the Boston art scene by his professor, Laurence Kuperman. In Boston, he exhibited at the Carl Siembab Gallery before traveling to Italy, where he painted for a year. He then traveled to the Canary Islands, where he had a sellout show.

Returning to the US in his late 20s, he went through a period of artistic frustration, during which he burned most of his work and spent the next 17 years as one of Boston’s top illustrators. In 1976, he left the advertising world and returned to painting, which he has been doing six days a week ever since.

In 1995, former San Miguel resident Martha Mabey, who at the time was owner of the Martha Mabey Gallery, welcomed Murphy into Richmond’s vibrant art scene.

“It is impossible to be in the presence of paintings by Christus Murphy without having an emotional reaction,” Mabey says. “Vitality and appreciation of life permeate each of his paintings. In his hand, oil paint becomes alive. It flows. It moves. It curves, swishes, and dances.”

“When I was very young, I decided that if I chose to be a painter, I would not paint to please people but would try as hard as I could to create something of artistic value,” Murphy says. “My opinion is that I have followed that decision quite well, and what I can say at this point in my life is that my paintings are honest. The great bonus for me is that these honest paintings have generated such strong emotional feelings in so many viewers and clients. This show has been one where I have received many bonuses, and I feel good about it.

“I try to generate such feelings as the loneliness we experience when the vibrancy and magic of life is shut out, the frustration and turmoil we feel when our needs and desires are in conflict, the terror we know when we are confronted by our own mortality, or just the feelings that we have when we look at what is before us and get that rush.”

The Bordello Galeria is located in the public rooms of Casa de la Noche, a historic building that was once San Miguel’s house of ladies of the night. At Organos 19, it is a half block off Hernandez Macias in Centro. Light refreshments will be served at this event.


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