Artist Feature at iStore Union Square

Kellie's current show "Spin-offs & Pile-ups" is on view until June 3rd, 2017 at iStore Union Square (click for directions)
detail of  "The Quad Squad" 2017, 22 x 30 inches, pen on paper

detail of  "The Quad Squad" 2017, 22 x 30 inches, pen on paper

Kellie Murphy, a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, has over fifteen years of experience in creative endeavors. She finds the balance between collaborating with talented creatives on advertising /editorial projects and her quiet studio practice to be mutually beneficial.

In her current drawings, meditations on time and loss are what leads her hand. Working with fugitive materials, custom inks made from natural dyes, these colors transition and fade quickly in response to their exposure to light. Inks made from wild blueberries, the initially deep indigo-blue shifts to a dusty gray. Rich walnut browns fall to a biscuity tan, a color palette of impermanence. The desire to make her own inks has also led her to investigate making her own tools and papers. Referencing natural historical materials, she makes pens from quills and brushes from squirrel tail. Hand hewn tools, such as a quill pen, slows her down and the inconsistency of her inks yield subtle nuances.

She views these drawings as testaments to mindful record keeping and a bending inward. Some of the drawings start with the initial line being drawn as straight as possible, underneath the top edge of the paper. Each line thereafter, is scribed from left to right, and she attempts to mimic or trace the contour of the line above it. The finished work culminates in a dense layering of quiet movement. In another group of drawings, the repetitive patterns are more atmospheric and hypnotic in nature, filling the paper field with muted undulating cloud-like forms and fatigued stripes.

iStore is honored to have Kellie’s art work in our NYC Union Square location. The exhibition will start March 31 and open for public through early June. Come to see our NYC location as well as Kellie’s amazing art works.

"Hushabye Blue." pen on paper. 22"h x 30"w.

"Hushabye Blue." pen on paper. 22"h x 30"w.