John Murphy was born in 1945 in St. Albans, Great Britain. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Serpentine Gallery, London (1971, 1983), the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1985), Villa Arson, Nice (1997), and Het Kabinet, Ghent (2005). John Murphy lives and works in London.
John Murphy is one of those representatives of British conceptual art who, since the 1960s, has intensively explored the intersections between poetry, photography, and film. Important reference figures for him are modernist lyricists such as Stephane Mallarmé or Blaise Cendrars, but also artists such as Marcel Broodthaers or Samuel Beckett. The beginnings of cinema and its impact on the other arts, as well as thinking about perception, representation, and their relation to language since modernism, are of particular importance in his work.read more read less