Eileen Murphy

I make figurative paintings that are deeply indebted to the formal elements of geometric abstraction. The images merge intense attention to detail and technical virtuosity with a constant awareness of the flatness of the surface. The result is an interaction between deep illusionistic space and large, flat planes. They are in dialogue with many ideas from the history of art, particularly those of Vermeer, Jo Baer, and David Hockney. The spaces that I choose to depict are ones I know intimately: the apartment I've lived in for seven years, the studio I've had for six, my brother's kitchen, etc. It takes time to really see a place and my long relationships with these locations help me to use extreme detail and abstract elements to communicate the way that these places feel, even more than how they look.

Photo of Eileen Murphy

Medium/Large Landscapes

Small Landscapes




Exhibition Views

Other Works


BA, Mount Holyoke College
MFA, Pratt Institute

2013 Recipient of the Alma B. C. Schapiro Residency for a Female Painter at Yaddo


Yaddo, 2017

Yaddo, 2013

Vermont Studio Center, 2004

Selected Recent Exhibitions:
“Landscapes: Capturing the View,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY2016:
"Lairs," Honey Ramka, Brooklyn NY, January 2016
"New Directions," Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY, October
“Beyond the Hudson River School,” Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield MA
“Cityscapes,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
“Good job Everybody!” TSA Gallery, Brooklyn NY
“Art of the 5,” Interchurch Center, Manhattan NY
“Storytellers and Conjurers, “ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY