Deirdre Murphy is a contemporary painter.

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Here are links to Deirdre's current exhibitions, select news, articles, and reviews about her work.  


Esther Klein Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 15, 5 - 7:30pm
Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Thursday, September 26, 4:30 - 7:30pm
August 15 - September 28, 2019

Deirdre is pleased to present her findings from her 2018 BioArt residency working along-side molecular biologist at Integral Molecular in a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper that investigate the similarities of patterns in nature on a molecular level to a cosmic level. Collaborative sculptures by Scott White are also on view. This exhibition is funded in part by the Leeway Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

Esther Klein Gallery’s (EKG) mission is to positively impact the cultural life of West Philadelphia neighborhood and the broader community. EKG programming uses the creative arts as a platform to explore the relationships between art, science and technology. The gallery is home to exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions, performances and special events. EKG is free and open to the public. It is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Rittenhouse Foundation and The Provincial Fund.

3600 Market Street / Philadelphia, PA 19104

Open Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., or by appointment

Oculus Major / 38” x 132” / Oil on Canvas / 2019 / Victoria Bastian Photography

Oculus Major / 38” x 132” / Oil on Canvas / 2019 / Victoria Bastian Photography


Leeway Foundation

Deirdre Murphy is honored to have been awarded the Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant for the Oculus Exhibition in support of women in the arts & sciences, bringing greater awareness to the importance and vitality of creating art through the lens of science. Educational programming and gallery tours for Philadelphia youth and the greater community is scheduled throughout the exhibition.

Mapping Movements / Convergence (detail-middle panel), Etching and Chine colle, 60”h x 15 3/4”w, 2018

Mapping Movements / Convergence (detail-middle panel), Etching and Chine colle, 60”h x 15 3/4”w, 2018

Independence Seaport Museum

O.T.W. On the Water: The Schuylkill River
A Complement to River Alive! 

October 24, 2018 - January 5, 2020

Artist Talk: August 16, noon lunch talk with Deirdre Murphy & James McElhinney

Deirdre Murphy’s Ecotopian Toolkit award intaglio print, Mapping Movements is on view at the Independence Seaport Museum’s O.T. W exhibition which explores the wonders and challenges of the Delaware Watershed. The large-scale print illuminates the invisible highways in the sky by which birds, living at the urban waters edge of the Delaware Watershed travel. The print was generously produced by C.R. Ettinger Studio in Philadelphia and was funded by the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program in Environmental Humanities department.

This exhibition by James Lancel McElhinney began as a series of conversations between artists, rowers and historians, about the Schuylkill River as a nexus of American art, science, literature and commerce. Celebrating the spirit of exploration and expeditionary journal-painting, this exhibition also presents historic images in conversation with contemporary River Artists. Patrick Connors, Tom Judd, Deirdre Murphy, Stacy Levy, Jacob Rivkin and Joseph Sweeney. Join McElhinney in welcoming us to rediscover Philadelphia’s Hidden River, perhaps with a sketchbook in hand, to discover its wonders anew."

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Winterthur Cottage House wallpaper studies / July 2019 Fellowship

Winterthur Cottage House wallpaper studies / July 2019 Fellowship

Winterthur Maker-Creator Residency

Winterthur Museum

Summer 2019

Deirdre Murphy will participate in a residency at the Winterthur Museum during which time she will examine the works on paper from John Potts, John James Audubon, Robert Havell Jr. and Auguste Edouart.  Access to the unparalleled collection of American decorative arts, library and grounds at the Winterthur Museum will enable her to create a body of prints and paintings that will examine and re-contextualize the work of Audubon and his male contemporaries through a contemporary female gaze and thus expand and reimagine our connection these great works.