Artist Tom Murphy - All art work available, originals, signed limited edition prints and sculptures. Tom, born 1949, is a self taught artist, and he started his artistic career initially as a hobby and moved quickly to an intense period of self-study, mastering a range of techniques in many art disciplines.
Previously he worked in a number of occupations which included; a seaman, salesman, musician and impressionist in a pop group.
Later he graduated as a teacher at Liverpool John Moores University and taught art at the City of Liverpool Community College. He also worked at a Centre for People with Learning Difficulties. His differing careers and interest in the characteristics of people have both acted as a rich source of inspiration in both his paintings and sculptures.
Tom's early experimenting in painting was finally appreciated when he won first prize in the prestigious BBC 'Art 88' competition. His big success in sculpture can in 1996 when his 7" 6' sculpture of John Lennon was seen by a representative of major Liverpool Company, Littlewoods. He was commissioned to sculpt two monumental size bronzes of the Moores brothers for Liverpool's premier shopping area Church Street.
His work is all over the city of Liverpool as well as in Chorley, Lancashire, Knowsley, Merseyside, Germany and New York. He has also sold many smaller works around the world.
He is the first choice of Sculptor for all the major Liverpool institutions.
Now his work is known all over the world since he creating the iconic statue of John Lennon at the renamed ‘Liverpool John Lennon airport’ which was admired by Yoko Ono and Unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen. His sculptures of Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock commissioned by Merseytravel and sited at Lime street station, have been much admired and welcome people to the city of Liverpool.
Though best know for his large sculptures, he has always maintained his interest in a wide range of art disciplines and sectors. An accomplished painter he has been commissioned to paint many key Merseyside figures including the official retirement portrait of Mr John Moores.