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.

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Vanishing Point

Recent Paintings


Exhibition Views

Other Works



B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 2003 M.F.A., Pratt Institute, 2006

Awards and Honors

2017 Santo Foundation Individual Artist Award

2017 Invited Participant in the US Department of State’s Art in the Embassies Program

Selected Recent Exhibitions

“Capturing the View,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, 2018

“Select 3,” Garvey Simon, New York City NY, 2018

“Silence and Solitude,” Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE, 2018

“Hudson Valley Landscapes,” Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury NY, 2018

“Painted Cities,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, 2018

“Art in The Embassy,” US Embassy, Algiers Algeria, 2017-present

“Dead Drop,” Honey Ramka, Brooklyn NY, 2017

“Hudson Valley Landscapes,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, 2017

“Totems,” The Candy Factory, Brooklyn NY, 2017

“Winter Exhibit,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, 2016

“Lairs,” Honey Ramka, Brooklyn NY, 2016

“Painted Cities,” Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY, 2015


2017, Yaddo

2013 Recipient of the Alma B. Shapiro Residency at Yaddo 2004, Vermont Studio Center


American Art Collector Magazine, “Capturing the View At Carrie Haddad Gallery,” December 2018
Fine Art Connoisseur, “Fine Art Today: Eileen Murphy in Select 3,” July 2018
Featured Painting Harper’s Magazine, August 2013