- The Kent Artists Group -

Artist Brian Murphy

I am a self-taught artist with a lifetime passion for drawing and painting

before the dance

Before the Dance, charcoal and pastel - 700 x 500mm

dancing ballerina

Ballerina, charcoal and pastel - 500 x 700 mm

Whilst my subject interests are eclectic, I feel drawing the human form is one of the most challenging and absorbing. It is also one of the most rewarding, since it is, above all, a collaborative process underpinned by a strong creative partnership between artist and model.

Working mainly in charcoal and pastel, my preferred style reflects a keenness for chiaroscuro, a technique which relies upon the effective use of strong contrasts to achieve depth and volume.

Art, I believe, is a continuous process of learning and development. We can never hope to reach perfection but seek constantly to improve.

I faut avoir une haute idée, non pas de ce qu'on fait, mais de ce qu'on pourra faire un jour; sans quoi ce n'est pas la peine de travailler.

We must have a high opinion, not of what we do, but of what we can do one day; without which it is not worth working.

Edgar Degas quoted in: Degas Danse Dessin by Paul Valéry 1936

If you wish to see further examples of my work or would like to discuss commissioning a bespoke piece, please visit my website:


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Thank you for your interest.

Brian Murphy.
Folkestone. Kent.

Artists Pencil
After the dance

After the Dance, charcoal and pastel on 500 x 700 mm

Back Study, charcoal and pastel

Back Study, charcoal and pastel on 500 x 700mm

Artist Brian Murphy.

Artworks for sale.
Commissions undertaken.

The Kent Artists Group
Sapphire Storm

Sapphire Storm, pastel on 18 x 25 inch

Girl with long hair, Pastel

Girl with long hair, Pastel on 18inch x 25inch