the pop surreal art of rebecca murphy

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Rebecca Murphy is an Australian born pop surrealist, painting mostly myths, monsters, ladies, luchadors, and pop culture love. Her work has been described as witty, seductive, dark, and syrupy sweet, beauty juxtaposed against the unsettling. Working predominantly in acrylic and ink, her influences vary from Art Nouveau and Ukiyo-e woodblock prints to 19th century medical texts and modern tattoo masters. Murphy's distinctive works have been featured in publications such as Empty, Curvy, Goo, SemiPermanent, and Cleo Australia, included in major art festivals such as Miami Art Basel and the Outpost Project, and have garnered critical recognition in a number of Art Prizes, including the Lethbridge 10000 and the Waverly Art Prize. Exhibited extensively throughout Australia, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Toronto, Murphy is addicted to caffeine and adventure, shares her studio with a pet lizard called Trouble, and can open a bottle of bubbly with a sword.


Represented by Just Another Agency

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solo exhibitions
2015 Waterborne @ Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
2013 Blood & Bone @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
2010 Wallflower @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD

group exhibitions and other projects
2015 12 x 12 @ TBA, Melbourne, VIC
Paste Modernism 4 @ aMBUSH, Sydney, NSW
Screaming Hand 30th @ aMBUSH, Sydney, NSW
My Feet, My Walks, My Shoes @ The Standard Bowl, Sydney, NSW
Just Another July @ Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
Push / Pop / Kick (touring group show) @ Valkarie Gallery, Denver, CO
Push / Pop / Kick (touring group show) @ Hanger 41, Denver, CO
Push / Pop / Kick (touring group show) @ Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO
Push / Pop / Kick (touring group show) @ Dona Laurita Photography and Fine Art, Louisville, CO
One Sugar To Go @ Whipper Snapper Distillery, Perth, WA
For The Love Of Art @ Quarryman's Bar, Sydney, NSW
2014 Concrete Jungle @ Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, NSW
Oferenda @ Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
Spirited Away @ Himeji Japanese Gardens, Adelaide, SA
360 @ Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
Co-Stars @ Young Henrys, Sydney, NSW
TWO @ Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
Zombie Apocalypse @ Artboy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2013 Arcade Allstars @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Small Wonders @ Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, USA
Just Another Book Launch @ Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
FanBoy vs. ArtBoy: Doctor Who @ Artboy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Save Espionage @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Unboxed 2 @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Stayfly Sydney @ aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, NSW
H2B @ House of Bricks, Melbourne, VIC
Story of the Creative @ Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, NY, USA
Athena Nochua @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Small Works @ View Point Handmade Gallery, Bendigo, VIC
Lethbridge 10,000 Art Prize @ Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Illawarra Artists Pop-Up @ OKYO / GPT Group, Wollongong, NSW
Organic @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
No Place For Cucumber Trees @ Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, USA
We're Wolves @ Lo-Fi Collective, Sydney, NSW
We're All Mad Here @ , Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Pimp My MUF4 @ Melbourne Ukelele Festival, Melbourne, VIC
2012 All Stars @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
360 Project @ The Tate, Sydney, NSW
Just Another Book Launch @ Just Another Project Space, Melbourne, VIC
Dirty Laundry @ the Tate, Sydney, NSW
Homage to Hollywood @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
The Art of Spain @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
Kiss Cut, COMB Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
Fabled, Red Brick Gallery, Ballarat, VIC
Beautiful and the Damned, Lightbulb Lounge Room, Bondi, NSW
Pretty Ladies, Plump Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Vibewire Fundraiser, TBA, Sydney, NSW
Ladie Killerz, Fremantle, Perth, WA
100 Fires, Rites of Passage Festival, Melbourne, VIC
Brooch Show 2012, Fitzroy Library - Toorak Library, Melbourne, VIC
Hyper Reality Dimension XX, aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, NSW
The Sketchbook Project (internationally touring group show, 13 locations)
SKIN, Poimena Gallery, Launceston, TAS
There's More, Cocoa Jackson Studios, Melbourne, VIC
Make the Bunny Rad, DAMP x RAH, Sydney, NSW
FanBoy vs. ArtBoy: Fairytales & Fables, ArtBoy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Pimp My MUF3, Melbourne Ukelele Festival, Melbourne, VIC
THINK, Whitebox Gallery, Geelong, VIC
LMTD Presents Splash, Pop Up Space, Gold Coast, QLD
Anniversary exhibition, Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Surf 'n' Ink Australia 2012, Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD
Hunt or be Hunted, Lightbulb Lounge Room, Bondi, NSW
2011

One Summer Night @ Hoy Hub Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Advent Project @ Square Circle Triangle, Melbourne, VIC
Painting Grounds @ Tortuga Studios, St Peters, NSW
FanBoy vs. ArtBoy: Science Fiction @ ArtBoy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Launch @ Lightbulb Lounge Room, Bondi, NSW
Board @ NGV Studios, Melbourne, VIC
Paste Modernism 3 @ Outpost Project, Cockatoo Island, NSW
One x One x One (touring group show) @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
One x One x One (touring group show) @ No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
One x One x One (touring group show) @ Lo-Fi Collective, Sydney, NSW
Cash 'n' Carry Show @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
Fanboy vs Artboy Art Prize @ EB Games Expo, Gold Coast, QLD
They Won't Stay Dead @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Grand Opening Show @ Egg Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Hey Fever Festival @ Beach Road, Bondi, NSW
FRANS For Arts Sake @ SCA, Sydney, NSW
ARTCORE: Guerrilla Art Fair @ Dendy Carpark, Newtown, NSW
5th Annual Google Exhibition @ Hardware Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Just Another Group Show @ 1000 £ Bend, Melbourne, VIC
Jurassic Lounge @ Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW
Lunch Bunch Fundraiser @ WWA Gallery, Culver City, USA
FUR @ Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Art Battles Australia @ Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW
Grand Opening Show @ Gallery 806, Ballarat, VIC
BOS Fundraiser @ Name This Bar, Sydney, NSW
Small Works @ At Large Gallery
Homage to Frida @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
Medium : Vinyl @ Hardware Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Get Trucked @ No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Uchiwa Fan Fundraiser @ Espionage Gallery, Adelaide, SA
This Little Teapot @ Paper Plane Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Board Writers (touring group show) @ Ground Zero Gallery, Nambour, QLD
Board Writers (touring group show) @ Open Studios, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Board Writers (touring group show) @ Urban Uprising Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Board Writers (touring group show) @ One Five Faction, Melbourne, VIC
Board Writers (touring group show) @ Cold Crush, Adelaide, SA
For Flood / Quake / Art Sake @ 1000 £ Bend, Melbourne, VIC
Artists For Japan! Online Auction, International
6 Year Anniversary Show @ Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Ladie Killerz 4 @ One Five Faction, Melbourne, VIC
Triumph Over Adversity Fundraiser @ Moo Moo, Brisbane, QLD
Up The Bend @ Rancho Notorious, Melbourne, VIC
Just Another Female Skateboard Exhibition @ One Five Faction, Melbourne, VIC
Fanboy vs Artboy @ ArtBoy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Pimp My MUF2 @ Three Oh Three, Melbourne, VIC
Clothespeg Project 4 @ Project Gallery Space, Singapore
Lovers and Haters @ Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Four @ Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Ma in Japan @ Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2010

On The Wall @ Finders Keepers, Sydney, NSW
Feminality @ Awarehouse, Art Basel, Miami, Florida
Curvy 7 Book Launch @ MagNation, Melbourne, VIC
Creature Feature @ Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Still Life @ Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
Just Another Group Show @ 1000 £ Bend, Melbourne, VIC
Everyones Show @ Broodbox Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
DisBand @ No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
The Tea Towel exhibition @ Serpentine, North Lismore, NSW
Little Creatures RSPCA @ Little Creatures Brewery, Perth, WA
Portraits @ Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney, NSW
DisBand @ aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Medium : Vinyl @ Hardware Gallery, Sydney, NSW
19 Mood Swings @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
The Wall @ Playground Weekender 2010, Wisemans Ferry, NSW
This Little Piggy @ China Heights, Sydney, NSW
Taste of Summer @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD

2009

Art Mill @ Finders Keepers / CarriageWorks, Sydney, NSW
Totoro Bros Travelling Circus @ Totoro Teahouse, Newcastle, NSW
Once Upon @ Ambush Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Stare @ The Clare, Sydney, NSW
My Phoenix Heart @ The Wall, Sydney, NSW
Get Trucked @ Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, NSW
Clothespeg Project @ The Slaughterblouse, Perth, WA
Clothespeg Project @ National Grid Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Fresh Meet @ Happenstance Mag, Sydney, NSW
Informal Dialogue @ World Bar, Sydney, NSW
We Love Ladies Too @ Gallery 696, Melbourne, VIC
Hungry like the Wolf @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
smARTarts 09 @ Pine St Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Street Art 4 Ashes @ No Vacancy, Melbourne, VIC
Art Fights Fire @ Outré Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2008 19KAREN Artists + Guests @ 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD
Art4Auction @ Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Out of Controller @ FAD Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Art Exposing Eating Disorders @ Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Waverley Ar
t Prize 08 @ WWAC, Bondi, NSW
Small Works 08 @ BSG, Melbourne, VIC
Australian Ethical Art Prize @ TAP Gallery, Sydney, NSW
artCycle @ sQuareOne, Sydney, NSW
smARTarts 08 @ Pine St Gallery, Sydney, NSW

publications
2015 Just Another Book
COLLECTEDworks Volume One
Meows & Roars of Inspiration, Out Of Step Books
2014 Aquent Talent Calendar
2013 Just Another Book
The Red Book
OKYO In Print
Rah Collective Book, the third
Empty Magazine, issue 22
Etihad Inflight Magazine, Aspire
Paradise Magazine
2012 Semi-Permanent Book, 2012, first edition
Knock Knock Magazine
Jumpbutton Magazine
Corker Magazine
Rah Collective Book, the second
Socket To Me Magazine
2011 Just Another Book
-ISM Zine
Sydney Morning Herald, 25th August, The Diary section
Australian Art Collector - issue 56, page 224
Rah Collective Book - inaugural edition
2010 Curvy - issue 7
Fire Mass - issue 2
Semi-Permanent Book - 2010 edition
Cleo Australia Magazine - April issue, page 217
2009 This Ain't Digital magazine - issue 1, page 37
Blanket magazine - issue 18, page 51
Göoo Magazine - issue 8, page 29
Happenstance Magazine - issue 2, page 26-27, 50
Platform 58 magazine - issue 12, page 30
Cut Click magazine - issue 11, page 18
Lighthouse Wire (cover art)- 2009 edition
2008

Blanket magazine - issue 11, page 34
Precinct magazine - June 2008, page 28
Blanket magazine - issue 9, page 93


other media
2015 Postcards - 10,000 Avant Cards distributed Australia-wide
POS Display - Avant Card stand feature artist header boards
Online - Artist feature interview, Oh, So Surreal
2014 Biocup Artist Series - Summer 2014 release
Online - Artist feature interview, Sydney Street Art Project
Collaborative commission for playing card pack design, gifted to MoNA's David Walsh & Kirsha Kaechele on the occassion of their wedding
Mural - Carousel, Bondi Beach
2013 First release artist - OKYO / Biocup Art Series
Online - Studio visit, Behind the Makers
Online - Artist feature, Spotlight Monthly Guide for Art Collectors
Online - Artist feature interview, Street Art 2095
Online - Artist feature interview, OKYO
2012 Online - Artist feature interview, Jurassic Lounge
Online - Artist feature, Capsule Computers
2011 Radio - Floating interview with Eastside FM Radio
Postcards - 10,000 Avant Cards distributed throughout inner Sydney
Radio - Interview with 2SER Radio, Talking Through Art segment
Radio - Interview with Eastside FM Radio, Drive segment
TV - "Fanboy vs Artboy" segment, Good Game (ABC2)
Online - Curator / Artist interview, Side St Sydney
2010 Online - Artist feature interview, Katie Alleva
podcast - Artist feature interview, Maynards Malaise
Online - Artist feature interview, A New Muse
2009 Online - Artist feature interview, Side St Sydney
Online - Lifelounge featurette
Online - Spill the Beans interview, V-Raw
Online - Follow the Leader project, Sub-studio design
Online - Interview with Nicole Tattersall
TV - "Artists inspired by gaming" segment, Good Game (ABC2)
2008 Online - Featured on Myspace's Aussiehub
Online - Selected for the Noise curation "New in June"

selected accomplishments
2015 Worked with Right Now to illustrate online monthly essay series
Worked with 100 Squared - custom illustrations for Melbourne changing room walls, external
Worked with Slower Smarter on smartivism project #freethereef
Worked with St Martin's Press on cover art for The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Selected as one of the top 5 interesting contemporary surrealists by Magazyn
Worked with Heaps n Heaps on band tee design
Worked with Patagonia Australia on their Traceable Down & Organic Cotton campaign
2013 Taronga Wild! Rhinos!, Shortlisted, Sydney, NSW
Red Book Art Prize, Finalist, Stupid Krap
Lethbridge 10,000 Art Prize, Finalist, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Melbourne Ukulele Festival Art Prize, Peoples Choice, Pimp My MUF4, Melbourne, VIC
2012 Blogger for Curvy
Fanboy vs Artboy Art Prize, Finalist, EB Games Expo, Sydney, NSW
Featured Artist @ Yen Art Prize
2011 Assisted with Outpost Project, Art from the Streets (Paste Modernism 3)
Second Prize @ Fanboy vs Artboy Art Prize, EB Games Expo, Gold Coast, QLD
Curator for This Little Teapot, Paper Plane Gallery (group show, 50 artists)
Recognized by Lord Mayor Clover Moore for significant contributions to the Sydney arts and culture scene
2010 Curator for Creature Feature (group show)
Curator for This Little Piggy (group show, 25 artists)
2009 Assisted with Curvy 09 Sydney exhibition
Co-curator, Sydney Youth Week Exhibition, Pine St Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 Finalist @ Waverley Art Prize, WWAC, NSW
Finalist, Highly Commended @ Australian Ethical Art Prize, TAP Gallery, NSW
First Prize @ City of Sydney Youth Week Art Prize, Pine St Gallery, NSW