Saturday, December 5, 2009

The artwork of Ben Murphey.

I was introduce to the artwork of Ben Murphey through Dina Brown of Gallery Brown in Los Angeles. Murpheys' work sites influence from such greats as Rauschenberg, Warhol, and Basquiat. His pieces tell and in depth story of the darker side of Americana. His unique visual language, intentionally naive looking in nature at times, lends itself to the beauty and honesty of his pieces.

Murpheys' images are derived from corporate culture that has been ingrained in our subconscious through mass marketing campaigns, magazine advertisements, and daily living. His subdued color palette is perfectly paired with his content to create timeless pieces of art that speak to my favorite era of American history.

You can see more of his work here and here.

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