25. The Journey – Michael Vincent Murphy (WA)
Acrylic on canvas
92 x 122 cms
“A figure sits contemplating his walk with God. Recognising there is little he can do for God, other than trying to honour God’s wishes, he will take with him only a sense of right and wrong, loving-kindness and humbleness. Symbols include a lamp as the presence of God, a sword as an instrument of justice, a pelican as charity and loving-kindness, a donkey as humility, smoke for the burnt offering a ram’s horn for the thousands of sacrificed rams, oil jars for the rivers of oil, a daffodil for the first born, which also symbolises the question King Balak asked of Balaam. Fruit refers to Matthew 7:17-18’s notion of bringing forth good fruit.”
Michael Vincent Murphy was born in 1943 in Poole, Dorset, England. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa with his parents, worked in the commercial art field, later studying at Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, South Africa. By 1984 he was painting full-time. From 1999 to the present day, Murphy works and lives in Mandurah, WA. He has participated in 35 group shows and held 22 solo exhibitions. Awards include the Manjar Art Award in 2009, Best Rural Artist at the 2016 Perth Royal Art Show, and the 2017 Busselton Art Award.. He is represented in private and corporate collections in South Africa, England, France, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Italy, America and New Zealand.