“Portraits of a Toppled World” – Susan Murphy
As 1959 was a turning point for the people of Tibet, 2020 has been a tipping point for the entire planet. In that mindset, I maximized my quarantine time chronicling many of the monumental events with brush to paint rather than the pen.
I began the project in March 2020 to honor the victims and essential workers, but it evolved, as the chaos unfolded. From the despair of the hospital workers and victim’s families – to the murder of George Floyd, the subsequent BLM PROTESTS, to the fires that raged across Colorado and the west – the ever-changing dilemma of re-opening schools, to the election, the insurrection and the hope revealed in Amanda Gorman’s epic poem at the inauguration, I transferred it all to canvas.
This provocative body of work will be on display in Boulder Colorado at the NoBo Art Center 4929 Broadway the month of July 2021. The show opens July 2nd at the NoBo Art Center in north Boulder and runs through July 31, 2021. The exhibit has been designed as a silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Colorado Healing Fund—a local nonprofit organization benefitting the victims of Boulder’s recent mass shooting at a local grocery store.
See all portraits on Instagram.
Arts Project 101
“River of Inspiration” exhibit
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Oil, acrylic, mixed-media
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