artists

Featured artist: Meg Lionel Murphy

“Good Mourning”, 2020, Gouache on 150lb Arches Paper, 22″ x 22″

This week, we welcome artist Meg Lionel Murphy. Lionel Murphy’s paintings are informed by debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder from severe domestic violence. She works out of a little blue shack in a junkyard on her family’s property in Wisconsin, where she paints detailed, vivid works on paper and panel depicting heartbroken giants that magically grow larger, stronger, and scarier than the world around them. Her work has been featured in a number of exhibitions including the “Interior Violence” solo show at Co Exhibitions Gallery (Minneapolis), as well as group shows at Public Functionary (Minneapolis) and at The Other Art Fair (Los Angeles). She is currently working on her debut New York solo exhibition, which will take place at The Untitled Space gallery in 2021.

“Our Land”, 2020, Gouache on 150lb Arches Paper, 26″ x 50″

Some of Lionel Murphy’s work is currently displayed in “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness,” a public art and gallery exhibition that seeks to empower, enlighten and provide hope in our city. Billboards-turned-exhibits make art accessible and transform spaces usually meant for advertising into ones of power and impact.

Lionel Murphy’s billboard, titled “Land,” can be found on Myrtle Avenue and Cornelia Street in Queens. If you want to see more artists featured in this exhibition, view their work and billboard locations here.  You can find more of Lionel Murphy’s work on her website and Instagram page.

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