Mark Murphy is a graphic designer who runs the studio surely.uk.com. Designing for print, digital, exhibition, and performance, Murphy has produced photobooks and publications for Mahtab Hussain, Multistory (Martin Parr, Mark Power, Liz Hingley) and Jonathan Shaw.
Murphy is also an artist who creates hand-cut, paper collages that play with graphic composition, juxtaposition, space, scale and surrealism – sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, often humorous.
His work has been exhibited nationally. The exhibition Remains, in collaboration with John Bennett, was shown in at the A3 Project Space, Birmingham; The Gallery at Foyles Bookshop, London (presented by Futurecity) and Friendly Records, Bristol. Other exhibitions include Fertile Ground at Argentea Gallery, Yorks at Ikon, Birmingham and the Kendal Mountain Festival.
In 2016 Murphy was awarded the jury’s prize in the open call Photomediations for his digital work Storm in a Teacup remixing archival imagery.
In autumn 2018, Murphy collaborated with Edinburgh Collage Collective to conceive and produce Cut & Post – a handheld exhibition in the form of a limited edition 24 postcard set. The project was selected from an open call to collage artists world-wide to make work using the postcard as a starting point.
Murphy is one of 12 artists commissioned to make new work to be shown in Multistory’s inaugural Blast! festival May – June 2019, as part of the Forge programme.