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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 471

Todd Murphy Mixed Media on Plexiglass Painting, Lucy

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Todd Murphy (American/Georgia,1962-2020) mixed media on plexiglass over canvas painting titled "Lucy" depicting a seated nude woman whose back is starkly illuminated in a pale light while she plays the cello. Titled in red to lower center. Plexiglass is affixed to canvas via 18 screws along the edges. Lowe gallery label with artist, title, medium, and size affixed, en verso of canvas. Housed in a ebonized wooden frame with chrome-painted sight edge. Sight: 33 3/4" H x 22 7/8" W. Framed: 42" H x 31" W. Artist biography: Todd Murphy was born in Chicago, grew up in Georgia, attended the University of Georgia, and began his artistic career in Atlanta before moving to Brooklyn. He was known for painting, photography, and sculpture, often rendered in combination with each other, with a sense of drama and the metaphysical. Murphy created the cover art for the Indigo Girls album "Nomads, Indians, Saints" and a video for their song "Hammer and a Nail" was filmed inside Murphy's Atlanta studio, where the artist can be seen at work. His work has been featured at the McKissick Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art. He died in 2020 at the age of 57 after battling cancer. (Source: artist's website; Forbes online; the Atlanta Journal Constitution).


Minute loss to paint layer measuring 5/8" x 1/8" to upper right quadrant. Canvas with area of moisture damage to lower edge, visible en verso but does not affect image; canvas is affixed to plexiglass.

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Property from the Collection of Jo Ann Cline Yates, Lookout Mountain Tennessee.