Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Down artist Paul Murphy lifts Rose Award

Artist Paul Murphy
Artist Paul Murphy's work

An artist who is originally from Dromore, County Down has triumphed at this years Royal Academy Of Arts Summer Exhibition.

Paul Murphy, who now lives and works in London was awarded the coveted Rose Award for Photography.

The Summer Exhibition has been held every year since 1769 and has become the world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition, attracting over 11,000 entries this year alone.

Paul said that he felt "honoured and privileged" to be part of an exhibition that over the years has included some of the greatest artists that have ever lived.

In this years Summer Exhibition Paul is sharing the wall space with some very well known names from the world of contemporary art, Bill Viola, David Hockney, Antoni Tapies, Ed Ruscha, Michael Craig-Martin, Gillian Ayres and Tracey Emin to name just a few.

The award was presented to Paul during the historical 'Varnishing Day' , a day during which artists would have put finishing touches to their works by varnishing and in some cases re-painting them before the public would have had a chance to see them.

The award winning image, which was made in Idaho in the US, is from a series looking at how we use our outdoor garden space and how it can in lots of ways describe the owners of the attached property.

This was the first time that Paul submitted work to the show and "not the last" he says " I think that me winning this award should be a great inspiration to the many artists out there, of all levels, to have a go at submitting some work into next years Summer Exhibition because you stand as good a chance as the next artist of having your work selected".

The Summer Exhibition runs from 14th June until 22nd August. This years exhibition was filmed for a special edition of the BBC 2 series The Culture Show to be shown at 7.00pm Thursday 17 June.

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