I begin hunting down everything I could on this man. I knew realistically I would not likely be able to afford an original work, but I couldn't help myself from pursuing information. Perhaps there was something smaller. Once, there was. I called the gallery. Sold.
Then yesterday, everything changed. Restoration Hardware catalogue, favorite retailer to many, came in the mail. I gathered it in my reading stack for the night and headed upstairs. I casually flipped it open and it came to rest here:
I think it is one thing to have furniture pieces and accessories show up repeatedly in various interiors. Including on occasion, a friend or client's home. I have learned to be comfortable with this fact of design, and believe these items are often transitional and adapt to the style of the room and the individual.
But artwork? I am thinking that is quite different. It is personal. It is to be appreciated and admired. Artwork in the style of Mr. Murphy's not only makes a statement, but has a very distinct look. I have heard him referred to as "the dress artist" because of his beautiful dress creations. The first time I ever saw the TH image, it had a profound impact. It was emotional. I found it to be haunting, seductive and mythical. I showed it to my sister and a few friends. Each one had a different reaction. None described it the way I saw it. Some did not care for it. But, I truly loved it.
Metropolitan Home-March 2008
Has retail gone too far? This has distracted me all day. I am so conflicted. I would love to own a work of art by Mr. Murphy, but do I really want to see something that I perceive as personal on the walls of so-and-so's living room? Please use this post as an opportunity to express yourself and help me sort this out....