Joe Returns to Painting


In 1975 Brogan Joe Murphy began his lifelong study of painting with David Hardy at the Atelier School of Classical Realism in Oakland, California. Trained in methods and materials of the old masters, Murphy is equally at home with portraiture, still life, figurative work, and landscape.

Murphy has participated in successful group and solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Tulsa, Sacramento, and San Francisco. His works are found in prominent public and private collections, including the White House and the Maryland State House.


In 1993 Murphy suffered a serious back injury, eventually requiring two spinal fusions. A mishap during the second surgery left him with paraplegia. He took a four year hiatus from painting as he

learned to deal with his paralysis. Discovering new methods and materials of his own, Murphy has now returned to painting from his studio in Watertown, Massachusetts. A gallery of his work


can be seen on his website at An art show, 'The Splendor of the Visible' will display pieces from his collection at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 2nd floor, starting November 15th.