Busy times at Limelight! We’re very excited to be involved with the Tron Theatre‘s summer production ‘Cannibal Women of Mars‘. With a script by Gordon Davidson and Alan Wilkinson and music composed by BAFTA-winner Mick Cooke of Belle and Sebastian it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. More info about it (and you can book tickets!) here.
Meanwhile, it’s another month and another artist is featured in our gallery space. Step forward, Terry Murphy!
Welcome to Limelight Terry. First, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Terry Murphy and I come from the small mining town of Blantyre. I recently graduated from the university of Sunderland with a degree in illustration and design. I freelance in fine art commissions and graphic work ranging from magazines to corporate logos and book covers.
What inspired you to become an artist?
From a very young age I had a thing for drawing and making things. I used to make cars out of my mothers rollers and cigarette and matchboxes as a 3-4 year old. I was born with a talent and my first real recognition of other similar talent came from comics like the Beano and Oor Wullie which I tried to emulate, sometimes quite successfully. From there my cousins’ older comics like MAD and Heavy Metal introduced me to guys like Mort Drucker, Moebius and Milo Minara and at school my art teachers opened up a huge new world of art with the impressionists and surrealists being my particular favourites, with Klimt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Ernst, Magritte, Bacon and the sculpture of Henry Moore to name but a tiny few.
How would you describe your work?
My work is whatever mood I wake up in, and in many ways what dreams I may remember from the night before. I may start a work to be something specific, then a mistake here, a line out there, the mind takes it in a very different direction and i go with that flow. I can be working on a photo-montage one day, a fine art traditional portrait the next day, a sculpture another day or just draw whats inside my head and work from there. I leave it to others to describe what it is.
What are your preferred materials?
My preferred materials are literally whatever I have to hand. Being a ‘poor artist’ I have learned to work with what I have and that could be anything from a pencil to an egg box. Materials are only a means to an end in art, it is the imagination which fuels the work and teaches you that anything can be used to make art if your mind, eye and hands are in tune. Right now I love to use mixed media techniques, magazines, paint, glue, wallpaper paste to do photo-montage and collage.
I’ve noticed iconic musicians feature in some of your work. If you could meet just one, who would it be and why?
If I was able to meet one person in my life it would be John Lennon… and why? Well, first of all the Beatles‘ music inspired me from a very early age, listening to my parents 45’s (that’s old singles for the kids – ha ha) and from there I developed an interest in John, his sense of humour, his artistic temperament and eventually his political and social awareness. I believe he was very misunderstood as a man and misrepresented by the media and I felt I had a lot in common with him in many ways.
In your career so far, have you learned any lessons that you could pass on to other artists?
As a late starter I have learned what I believe to be the two most important lessons for an artist. One: Do not wait, do not think you have all the time in the world as you do as a young man because that time will fly by so fast you wont know whats hit you and if you wanna be any good you have to use that time wisely. Two: Do it, don’t sit around thinking this and that. Just start working, get whatever materials you have, sit down or stand up and just go for it. Some of the best work I have ever done has come from this philosophy and as the mighty Yoda says ‘Do or do not, there is no try‘.
What have you got planned next?
My future plans are to develop my skills further…learn new ones as i go, there is no retirement in art and you learn consistently if you apply yourself to your discipline. I hope to be a success with my work whether that be on a personal level or as a working artist making a living in what i love to do and as i believe i am doing these things there is no better way to live.
Thanks for coming in Terry!
Thank you to Limelight Studios for allowing me to show my work and I wish all the artists before and after me every success.
Terry’s work is on display throughout the month in the window gallery at Limelight Studios, 73-77 Trongate.
You can see more of his work on his Facebook page, contact him directly by phone at 07826224576/01698769138, email email@example.com for purchase enquiries or to commission work.
If you are interested in a month’s free display contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org