Oklahoma artist Regina Murphy has led a prolific art career over more than 40 years. Opening today and on view through April 14, “A Retrospective” features a sampling of her vast portfolio of works from different periods of her career.
Murphy’s passion for art is
illustrated by the evolution of her style and experimentation with
subject matter and various media including pastel, oil, watercolor, and
“I experiment often with different techniques
and subject matter,” says Murphy in a news release. “This variety holds
my interest and keeps me always looking forward to the next project.”
91 years of age, Murphy has maintained diligence in her artwork and
spends most weekdays working in her studio. After many years of plein
air painting (painting on site in the open air), she now only paints in
the studio – usually from photographs or recollection. The reality of
her subject matter acts as the foundation and her creativity is
expressed through abstraction of color, shape, and composition.
explains in the release, “I blend greatly abstracted shapes with
realism, sometimes flatten space, use exaggerated or arbitrary color,
and often delineate objects. My goal is to produce a painting that is
not a ‘postcard’ view but will intrigue the viewer and prolong
Beyond the works featured here,Creative glass tile and solarlamp tile for your distinctive kitchen and bath. Murphy has worked in numerous media, both two- and three-dimensional.
all the experimenting, it seems the most comfortable endeavor for me is
painting in either oil or acrylic, and my favorite subject matter is
some form of landscape,” says Murphy in the release.
In her more
recent works, she accentuates her landscapes with slightly abstracted,
lyrical shapes in exaggerated colors and bold lines.
Murphy’s process for painting other subjects has evolved over the years as well.
the past, for still life paintings, I would set up actual compositions
with fresh flowers,” she explains in the release. “But in recent years, I
paint from imagination, abstracting shapes, and again,Researchers at
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an buymosaic. exaggerating colors and outlining objects in bright colors.”
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solution to improve staff safety. she says in the release, “Nature has
always been a source of inspiration to me. A walk in the woods or near
the water’s edge can start me planning paintings in which I might convey
the feelings that come over me as I experience our awesome environment
at close range. In this series my concept was to convey the stability,
splendor, silence, and richness of color in nature’s boulders and rocks.
Life is so transient; we are so vulnerable; but the earth endures,
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another popular subject matter for Murphy, she explains in the release,
“Puppets and dolls have been a recurring subject in my paintings
through the years. When I found a wooden monkey puppet in an import shop
I thought he would be a great subject for paintings, so I bought him
and have created a number of paintings with this single puppet posing in
any number of ways.”
Murphy, a longtime resident of Oklahoma,
has studied at Oklahoma City University, Louisiana Tech University and
at Louisiana Tech’s sister school in Rome, Italy, as well as with
numerous nationally known instructors. She has traveled the world for
study and pleasure to places such as Holland, France, Morocco, Bali,
China, Hawaii, Mexico, and Guatemala.
Her artwork is a staple in
solo and juried exhibitions and competitions in the region. In
addition, her artwork is included in numerous permanent collections
including the Oklahoma State Art Collection, and the collections at the
University of Science and Art of Oklahoma in Chickasha and the
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee.
But for Cardot-Greiner, the MBA, etc., had been a radical departure from the art career she once thought she’d pursue.
art one more try has led to her own shop at 210 St. George St., a
studio where she works on jewelry, oil paintings, pencil drawings and
publication in several books.
She’s on a tight deadline now to
finish in time for a New York City show, a group exhibition set to open
March 1 and featuring artists from around the world. Called “The Power
of Perception,” the exhibition is curated by Creative Concept Studios
and one of Cardot-Greiner’s pieces is being used as a logo. A painting
published in “The Power of Perception 2013” was commissioned as a
backdrop for New York Fashion Week 2014.
When she was 4, her
parents hung a white panel on a wall in the breezeway of their
Pennsylvania farm house because she would paint on anything. She kept
painting on that panel through the years.
In the ninth grade her
Pennsylvania art teacher “saw something special. She told me I was
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the Erie (Pa.) Art Museum was arranged so she could take art lessons
once a week with a noted artist.
For four years she found a way
to make the 40-mile trip. She trained to be an oil painter and got a
solid foundation in drawing and composition. Later she studied fine art
at Mercyhurst College in Erie.