Prudence Murphy is a female artist born in Australia, currently working in Australia.
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Prudence Murphy is an Australian artist working in photomedia. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours in 1999 and a Masters of Fine Arts (Research) at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney (2002).

Murphy’s work examines the details of our quotidian existence, with an emphasis on the domestic, the familiar and the private. She is drawn to what comes before or after, or falls in between decisive actions. Her practice mainly focuses on photography, but also ranges across other disciplines such as installation, artist’s multiples and performance.

Murphy has exhibited widely in Australia, her recent solo exhibition entitled Boys with Guns was held at the Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2012). Other solo exhibitions include: Boys with guns, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2011), Future Forms, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne (2010), Future Forms, MOP Projects, Sydney (2010), The Male Grooming Series, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney (2007), revisiting The Pamper Plan, James Dorahy Project Space (2006), Simply draw it out & start again, Room 35, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney (2001) and Cabello en Alimbar, Galeria Ferran Cano, Barcelona (1997).

Murphy’s work has been featured in group exhibitions, recent shows include: What Goes Around Comes Around (Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 2012), Divergence Photographs from Elsewhere (FORM and FotoFreo 2012, Perth), and The Drawing Room (BREENSPACE, Sydney, 2012).

Murphy was recently a finalist in the 37th Alice Art Prize and the 2012 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award. In 2007 she was short-listed for the Art and Australia Contemporary Art Award. She was also a finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2011), Olive Cotton Award (2011), Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2007, 2008 and 2011), Stanthorpe Art Prize (2008), 31st Fremantle Print Award (2006), and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (1998).

Murphy’s work is represented in national collections and private collections in Australia and overseas. Recently her work has been published in Ampersand Magazine (Edited Alice Cage, Sydney: Art & Australia 2012) and in The Rest is silence: Death and the Skull in Contemporary Art (Edited Elvis Richardson, Melbourne: Death be Kind, 2012).

Prudence Murphy currently lectures in Photomedia at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of New South Wales, in Photography & Situated Media at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney and in Photography, Faculty of Architecture and Design at the University of Sydney.