Catherine Murphy: Painterly Devotion

Catherine Murphy, Gift Box, 2013, oil on canvas, 54 x 55 inches (courtesy of Pet
Catherine Murphy, Gift Box, 2013, oil on canvas, 54 x 55 inches (courtesy of Peter Freeman, Inc.,)

John Yau blogs about the work of Catherine Murphy, on view at Peter Freeman, Inc., New York thorugh April 27, 2013.

Yau writes: "Murphy doesn’t generalize, doesn’t develop shorthand for her subjects, doesn’t use paint in any way that announces painterliness or style. Rather, she does something far more difficult and demanding — she remains devoted to her subject, however plain and ordinary. And if the subject requires that Murphy paint layers of flesh-colored tissue paper or flakes of falling snow seen through a window on a windy night, then she will take up the challenge. Think of all the artists who become content to produce examples of their brand with just the right little twist. There is none of that in this exhibition. Every painting and drawing is distinct, no variations."