Stu Murphy

Pause

August 9 - September 3 2019

Stu Murphy, Context, 2019, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW featuring Brolga birds

Stu Murphy

Context, 2019

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

87.50h x 152w cm

Edition of 5

SM014_001

A$ 1,400.00 Framed / $1100.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Hold the Phone, 2019, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Hold the Phone, 2019

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

87.50h x 152w cm

Edition of 5

SM013_001

A$ 1,500.00 Framed / $1200.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy My Tree, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

My Tree, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

60h x 103w cm

Edition of 40

SM001_001

A$ 500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Swamp Felt, 2019, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Swamp Felt, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

60h x 103w cm

Edition of 40

SM005_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Blue Poles, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Blue Poles, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

60h x 103w cm

Edition of 40

SM004_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy  Part A, 2018

Stu Murphy

Part A, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

60h x 103w cm

Edition of 40

SM010_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Part B, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Part B, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

60h x 103w cm

Edition of 40

SM011_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Both Worlds, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Both Worlds, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

103h x 60w cm

Edition of 40

SM003_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Swan Two, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Swan Two, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

103h x 60w cm

Edition of 40

SM007_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Swan One, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Swan One, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

103h x 60w cm

Edition of 40

SM006_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Hiawatha, 2019, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Hiawatha Wind, 2019

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

103h x 60w cm

Edition of 40

SM012_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy  Tiny Dancer, 2018

Stu Murphy

Tiny Dancer, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

103h x 60w cm

Edition of 40

SM008_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500 Unframed 

Stu Murphy  Tucabia Blue, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Tucabia Blue, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

103h x 60w cm

Edition of 40

SM002_001

A$ 850.00 Framed / $500.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Both Parts, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Both Parts, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

215h x 88w cm

Edition of 5

SM009_001

A$ 1,200.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy, Bellingen, 2018,

Stu Murphy

Bellingen, 2018

Alcohol ink on Yupo paper

92h x 66w cm

SM022

A$ 800.00

Stu Murphy, Lake Arragan, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands at Lake Arragan near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Lake Arragan, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

65h x 65w cm

Edition of 40

SM016_001

A$ 450.00 Framed / $250.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy Camden Haven, 2018, Aerial photo of wetlands near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Camden Haven, 2018

Epson Enhanced Matt 190 GSM paper

65h x 65w cm

Edition of 100

SM017_001

A$ 90.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy  Ice Cream, 2018, photo of Abandoned Peter's Ice Cream factory near Grafton NSW

Stu Murphy

Ice Cream, 2018

Giclée print on Moab archival 300 GSM 100% cotton rag paper

118h x 93w cm

Edition of 5

SM024_001

A$ 450.00 Unframed

Stu Murphy  Dessert, 2018

Stu Murphy

Dessert, 2018

Alcohol ink on Yupo paper

92h x 66w cm

SM021

A$ 500.00

Stu Murphy  Talk, 2018

Stu Murphy

Talk, 2018

Alcohol ink on Yupo paper

92h x 66w cm

SM020

A$ 650.00

Stu Murphy  A Rare Bond, 2018

Stu Murphy

A Rare Bond, 2018

Alcohol ink print & acrylic paint on synthetic paper

129h x 92w cm

SM023

A$ 650.00

Stu Murphy  Pause, 2019, painting

Stu Murphy

Pause, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print

152h x 87.50w cm

SM018

A$ 1,200.00

Stu Murphy  Play, 2019

Stu Murphy

Play, 2019

Acrylic on photographic print

34h x 60w cm

SM019

A$ 240.00

I think it’s important to show people what our wetlands look like. Your average wetland in the NSW north coast is difficult to see. The majority are on private land and being on a floodplain it can be hard to find an elevated spot to see these expanses of water and plants. I’m a swamp guy, I just like them. The weird creepy frog sounds, the beautiful green sedges and the expanse just kind of hits the mark.

These images are captured from a drone which I use to search for colours, lines and textures that please me. In my head I’m composing paintings and I often catch myself referring to them as such. By restricting myself to only shooting images with the camera pointed directly down I can concentrate on composure as elements like line become very important.

I want people to look at least twice at these images before they recognise what they are looking at. When people ask I describe them as abstract aerial photographs but I deep down I think that the abstraction lies in the observers head rather than my artwork. I can’t control what occurs in somebodies mind between the first and second look but people often share that short journey with me. Occasionally they describe seeing a painting of a forest reflected off a pond or the fur of an animal observed up close.

Each image has a story which inevitably involves human interference in the landscape in some way. An interference that in some photos is obvious to the eye such as a fence line and some more difficult to detect like changes in soil chemistry triggered by altered hydrology. The interference can result in stark contrasts in vegetation within an image or crazy intense colours coupled with seemingly absurd surface textures.

Stu Murphy
Grafton NSW 2019