It is with great pleasure that we announce the fourth solo show by Ciarán Murphy at Grimm Gallery.

Over the past decade, Ciarán Murphy has produced a body of enigmatic paintings whose quiet fleeting images and compulsive surfaces have gained widespread recognition. Recently, the subjects within his paintings have become more fragmented and elusive. The recognizable forms in his earlier work have given way to indeterminate shapes and architectural forms. Although some might be described as abstract, they still feel as if they are, at some point, photographically derived.



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Ciarán Murphy


Oil on canvas

70 x 50 cm | 27.6 x 19.7 in


Ciarán Murphy

In Ciarán Murphy’s (1978 Mayo, IE) paintings we encounter an unsettling array of things; sticks, rocks, martian landscapes, insects, interiors, hands, letters, blank screens, architectural feature and geometric shapes. Objects seem in varying states of flux: things float, or seem in the midst of changing form, while other things seem barely there, are entirely absent, or in various states of becoming. They all seem to have in one way or another a vexed relationship to gravity.