About Tom Murphy – The Artist

tom_murphyTom, was born in 1949. He started his artistic career initially as a hobby and moved quickly to an intense period of self-study, mastering a range of techniques in many art disciplines.

Previously he worked in a number of occupations which included; a seaman, salesman, musician and impressionist in a pop group.

Later he graduated as a teacher at Liverpool John Moores University and taught Art at the City of Liverpool Community College and other Liverpool Colleges. He also worked at a Centre for People with Learning Difficulties. His differing careers and interest in the characteristics of people, have both acted as a rich source of inspiration in both his paintings and sculptures.

Tom’s early experimenting in painting was finally appreciated when he won first prize in the prestigious BBC ‘Art 88′ competition. His big success in sculpture can in 1996 when a representative of major Liverpool Company, Littlewoods, saw his 7” 6’ sculpture of John Lennon. He was commissioned to sculpt two monumental size bronzes of the Moores brothers for Liverpool’s premier shopping area, Church Street.

His work forms part of the urban landscape throughout Liverpool as well as in Chorley, Lancashire, Knowsley, Merseyside, Germany and New York. He has also sold many smaller works around the world.

Tom is the first choice of Sculptor for many major Liverpool institutions. Now his work is known internationally since he creating the iconic statue of John Lennon at the renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport which was admired by Yoko Ono and Unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen. His sculptures of Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock commissioned by Merseytravel at Lime Street station, have been much admired and welcome people to the city of Liverpool.

Tom is best known for his large sculptures, and moving Memorials: Hillsborough, The Liverpool Blitz, Noel Chavasse VC and Bar Liverpool VCs Memorial, The Liverpool Pals Memorial and the Traffic Memorial.

He is an accomplished painter and has been commissioned to paint many key Merseyside figures including the official retirement portrait of Mr John Moores.