17 REASONS WHY | Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy’s work is inspired by architecture, built and imagined.  Formally educated and trained as an architect he has taken a professional detour and attempts to re-imagine the built landscape via personal design studies and various avenues of rendering.


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“Kiosk No. 7” by Michael Murphy | Acrylic on Canvas | 2016

“Kiosk No. 7” by Michael Murphy | Acrylic on Canvas | 2016


Murphy is originally from San Francisco and having spent many years living in London, England he developed an acute desire to interpret the vastness and solitude of the California deserts and to interject it with a personal interpretation of modern architecture and memory.

Upon returning to San Francisco in 2008, he continued this endeavor and was able to reabsorb the influences of the built environment around us firsthand, and present his interpretations via varied rendering styles and sometimes scale-less environments coupled with a non-cynical acknowledgement of American consumerism.


(Palm Springs Orange) by Michael Murphy | Archival Print (sizes variable) | 2016

(Palm Springs Orange) by Michael Murphy | Archival Print (sizes variable) | 2016


(Untitled Los Angeles) by Michael Murphy | Archival Print (sizes variable) | 2016

(Untitled Los Angeles) by Michael Murphy | Archival Print (sizes variable) | 2016


“California Hills” by Michael Murphy | Archival Print (sizes variable) | 2015

“California Hills” by Michael Murphy | Archival Print (sizes variable) | 2015

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