N E I L B R I A N M U R P H Y
Contact Info and a Brief Bio
Please if you have questions about my work, would like to visit my studio in the new Peninsula Art Institute or would like to discuss a purchase or commission. Map showing parking, entrance, and studio location in upstairs East wing.
A Note About Technique & Media
A blend of styles, influenced by Asian flavors (I grew up in Hawaii) and Western abstraction, characterize my work. Media include ink, acrylic washes, pastels, and in some cases, those media types are mixed with digital processing by scanning to computer, applying computer graphic techniques, and then printing back out to the world of traditional media – where work on a piece continues.
I use unprimed canvas or archival paper as a base. Washes and inks are applied to a horizontal, flat canvas and are layered repeatedly – 30 or so layers of acrylic or ink washes are not unusual to build up a section of an image.
Most work is available as either the original painting, or limited-edition archival pigment prints in a range of sizes. Please see the Purchase Info page for more on print dimensions. With the archival pigment ink process, paintings are printed on acid-free cotton paper using exceptionally durable archival inks. Colors are accurate and long lasting. Archival pigment prints offer a cost-effective way to own fine art.
Recent Exhibitions Snapshot
2013: Finalist California State Capital exhibit.
The exhibits listed below are not current but were important to my growth as an artist. They represent a period in the 70's/80's when I was persuing a career as a full-time artist - and before I added graphic design and audio engineering to my professional mix.
Art studio located at the Peninsula Art Institute, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA. 94010
Professional Career Notes - what I've also been up to...
Founding Partner and Creative Director, Ghostdog Design, 1987- present.
Production Manager, Computer Speech Lab, National Semiconductor Co., Santa Clara, CA. 1981-87.
Audio Engineer, Studio C, S.F., CA. 1978-81. Sound effects creation, recording and post production for film and video. 1978-81. Studio C, S.F., CA.
Graphic Designer & Location Sound Recordist, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Juneau, AK. 1977. Traveled S.E. Alaska coast and waterways as part of a two man crew making a documentaries about Alaska's commercial salmon fishery. Job to die for (almost literally) – learned far too much about Alaskan bush pilots.
Ohm's Law Sound Studio. A 'crew-of-one' mini-company (1973-1978). Film and video sound production. Clients for sound design, effects, and music include Levis Strauss & Co. and Sesame Street. An Arp Odyssey and homebrewed synthesizers fueled this sonic adventure.
Amazing Live Games Company. Sausilito, CA. 1970 -73. Photographer,
sound recordist, and Foley artist for this educational film production company.
CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics), Stanford University, CA. 1984
It All began in Hawaii
A Kama'aina. Born and raised on the island of Oahu. I love poi (really), lomi salmon, slack-key guitar, tropical rain, and the trade winds.
1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010. Detail below.