ABOUT THIS ARTIST
Murphy Phelan, Illustration / Design
Murphy is an artist, designer, and illustrator based in Portland. He creates bright, irreverent and wobbly work that twists reality, challenges gravity, and catches you sleeping on the job.
After ignoring his father's advice for twenty years, Murphy studied graphic design at Portland State University, and began working as a designer, where he took interest in illustration and humbly realized his father was right. Besides spending more than 10 years in Portland, he has lived in Nashville, Shreveport, and San Diego, working with clients in packaging, branding, murals, poster design and editorial illustration.
Among these projects, Murphy’s illustration experiences include work for not one, but two of his musical heroes. You can see his illustrations in Howler magazine, in the Working-Not-Working magazine, on the packaging of two major Portland coffee roasters, the walls of a hip Chinese restaurant, on wine labels in New York City, in every room of a Seattle hotel, inside a vegan restaurant in San Diego, and soon on a deck of playing cards for the band Modest Mouse.
Along with his commercial work, Murphy has exhibited his art in Los Angeles, Portland, and Vancouver BC.
In his personal practice Murphy explores the themes of duality, predator vs prey, humor, and confusion.
Modest Mouse, Portland Trailblazers, Howler, Working Not Working, and The State Hotel
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