Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 2013


Happy Holidays!  
Don't know about you but I can't believe it's already December and that the holidays are here...yikes! As if spending all Thanksgiving day with my dysfunctional family wasn't enough, now Christmas is coming and I'm forced to buy them gifts too.  If you're in the same dilemma, I may have a solution, the gift of art!  Check out what I've got going this season! 

Yeah that's my "Underpants Dance" on the cover of this year's Hark!invitation.It's that awesome time of year when 60+ artists offer their signature works of art at especially affordable prices for holiday gift giving! Participating artists include resident KALEID artists as well as an invited group of talented regional artists.

Hundreds of works of art will be our main feature exhibit for this holiday season, all ready to go home with you at time of purchase! I have about 7 or 8 brand spankin'new pieces in this super fun show, as well as a plethora of prints, clay pins and other goodies at the gallery.


Kaleid Gallery
88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
San Jose, CA 95112

I also have work in "Tiny", a huge group show of affordable artwork at Studio Gallery in San Francisco. The show runs through December 23rd, so if you're in SF be sure to stop by!

Studio Gallery
1815 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 

On-Line Holiday Framed Print Special
Looking for that perfect gift? You know, I always offer my unframed prints 3 for $50 which is a great deal but this year I'm also offering framed prints, perfect for gift giving for $40. each, which includes free shipping! These can only be purchased on-line through my etsy store, so check it out!  Whether those on your list are into getting hammered on cheap wine or loving their dog waaay too much, I'm sure you'll find them the perfect piece.


A BIG Thank You!
I just want to take this opportunity to give a big mushy thanks to all of you out there who support what I do. I had a fantastic year and sold tons of my weird little paintings. Many thanks to all the galleries and art shops who think my stuff is worth hanging on your walls. Thanks too, to the many, many collectors old and new who follow my work and think enough of it to have it grace your home. It's wonderful, it's a gift and I'm so fortunate to have you out there supporting and encouraging me.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and may 2014 be a year full of peace & love!



PS: Look for my new blog January 1st which will be kinda a drawing a day sorta thing...kinda, not really, you'll see, I think you'll like it, unless you're severely boring and lack a sense of humor. Just kidding. I'll keep you posted.

Coat Pins available on Etsy  or at Kaleid Gallery 
for just 10 ones coming soon!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


It's been awhile... but I wanted to send a quick note on what I'm up to and a fantastic upcoming event!

Ace Charter School Mosaic Mural

For the past few months I've been buried, crazy working on a series of slab clay and mosaic murals for Ace Middle School in San Jose. I'm not done yet but here's a little sneak preview of what I'm up to, I'll post more pictures when I'm finished! I've been lucky to have the help of my incredible friends and artists Christine Benjamin and Darlene Davidge!



Come see me at 
The Luna Park Chalk Art Festival!

One of my favorite events of the year is the Luna Park Chalk Art Festival. I'm a featured artist this year and will be out there drawing, as well as hanging out selling my paintings, prints and other stuff. There's live bands, food trucks, fun things for the kids to do, and if you're feeling creative sign up now to draw yourself! This super cool event is close to my heart because it raises funds for art programs at local schools. Which reminds me, you can also donate to support the arts and this amazing festival, just click the link below! 

Saturday, September 21st  10am-5pm
Backesto Park in San Jose.


Thanks again!  Murphy

Questions? contact me:



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

BIG SHOW! Friday May 3rd KALEID Gallery, Downtown SJ!

Hey there-

Just wanted to let you all know (if you don't already) I have a BIG show coming up on First Friday May 3rd.  I'll have tons of new original pieces including some of my clay  sculptures, hopefully some dolls,  and even a couple of big paintings, which I rarely do, (cross your fingers that I get them done...they take soooo long!).   This show is particularly special to me because I'll be showing with one of my best friends and favorite artists Christine Benjamin. Christine and I met many years ago as young parents, trying to raise kids, make art and hold down jobs...not an easy feat!  Over the years we've worked together, inspired one another and been there for one another, maybe being the only ones who truly understood each other's need to create.  Anyways she's been a great friend, supporter of my work and is an all around awesome person. Her work is clever, fun and downright amazing,  to check it out go to :

For our show "The Weird and the Wonderful" we've had a blast collaborating on a few  pieces, exploring some crazy ideas, and we will be working on a  cool mural in the gallery space together as well.  This is not to be missed!

Here's a bit about the show:

"Worlds collide when Christine Benjamin's funky characters meet Murphy Adams' quirky human narratives. Robots & monsters, housewives & dreamers, the Weird and the Wonderful come together to tell their own tales. Please come and meet Murphy and Christine at KALEID Gallery on Friday, May 3rd 2013 - 6-10PM."

The Weird and the Wonderful: 
new work by Christine Benjamin & Murphy Adams 

Opening Reception:  
Friday, May 3, 2013
Kaleid Gallery
88 S 4th St  San Jose, CA 95112

Here's a sneak peek at a few of my new paintings!

Cover Stealer 5"x7"  framed $125.

I Don't Understand You, 5"x7", framed $125.

"To Scale of Importance"   5"x7", framed $125.

There's lots more...come to the show and see,  it runs through May!  If you're from out of town I'll post pics on the website or on my FB fan page   Here you can also get the latest on stuff I'm up to , coupon codes for discounts and free shipping and maybe learn some things about me that you just didn't want to know.


Also, as always if you don't want to get my not so regular newsletter just unsubscribe and accept my apologies for bugging!
Murphy Adams | 604 Minnesota Ave | San Jose, CA 95125 | USA

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Shows ... this weekend!

Hey Art Peoples ~
Happy Daylight Savings/almost Spring!  I’ve got tons of thing happening right nowI have 2 shows opening this weekend, please come by if you’ve got the time!
Artist’s Studio Inventory Sale
Saturday March 16, 6:00-9:30pm
At Art Object Gallery
5592 North 5th Street (Japantown)
San Jose CA 95112

Wanted to let you know about the third Artist's Studio Inventory Sale event happening on Saturday, March 16th. I have been and will be installing the works of many of the South Bay Areas most known and respected painters, sculptors, photographers, and printmakers, as well as lesser known but very collectable emerging artists.  There will be an amazing variety of excellent work available for purchase at deeply discounted prices as the artists glean from their individual studios older works in order to clear much needed space and generate some much needed cash flow so they can continue on in the pursuit of their vision. So this really is a great opportunity to see the works of many of the top rated artists in one place and time. the sale begins at 6:00pm Saturday March 16th till at least 10:00pm. It would be great to see you there. Bring friends.
Peace. Be cool and stay warm. 
Ken Matsumoto

work inspired by food & drink
March 13th - April 14th, 2013
Opening reception:  Sunday, March 17th,
2-6 pm

Delicious, our annual show of work inspired by food and drink, is like a visual Thanksgiving:  abundant and diverse, with just a dash of tradition.  With over 110 local artists participating in the show, we've got everything from paintings of retro diners and birthday cakes to dim sum and farm-fresh produce.  There are stunning still lifes, lots of beautiful vineyards and farms, and even pieces that incorporate family recipes. 
1815 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94000

Also don’t forget to mark your calendars for my big 2 person show with one of my bestest friends and favorite artists Christine Benjamin!  First Friday, May 3rd at Kalied Gallery in Downtown, San Jose! We are collaborating on some really cool stuff… you’ll be sad if you miss it.

The Weird and the Wonderful: 
new work by Christine Benjamin & Murphy Adams 
opens Friday, May 3, 2013
Kaleid Gallery
88 S 4th St  San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 947-1785

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

February is my month. It's still winter but you get a little peek into Spring, trees are budding, early flowers open their sleepy little heads, the birds start looking for love and a place to build their cozy nests. It's lush and green and feels fresh and in a way new.

I was born in February, and have a big, big birthday this month, a milestone I suppose. I was also married in February, and still have mad love for my manfriend after 22 years. True, it hasn't all been kittens and rainbows, but pretty much. I love that man so much sometimes I think my heart will explode. Lastly, February is also Valentine's Day, a Hallmark holiday for sure, but I can't help myself, I I'm giddy for the sticky sweetness that the day has to offer, flowers, candy, frantic dinner reservations, a lame gift like a useless stuffed animal purchased on the street corner. It's a day to smile about and not get caught up in expectation. Its all good, just try and catch some of that love around you.

In any case in a day filled with procrastination I put together this little video with loads of my love-ish paintings to a horrible song by Lionel Richie sung quite beautifully by probably my favorite artist Eef Barzulay of Clem Snide. Hope you like it.

Love, Murphy


Psycho Donuts Valentine Show on now in Campbell 2006 Winchester Blvd.

Delicious Studio Gallery SF work inspired by food & drink, March 13th - April 14th, 2013
opening reception:  Sunday, March 17th, 2-6 pm
1815 Polk StreetSan Francisco, CA  94109
The Weird and the Wonderful: new paintings by Christine Benjamin & Murphy Adams opens Friday, May 3, 2013
Kaleid Gallery
88 S 4th St  San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 947-1785

Monday, November 26, 2012

What's Up December?

Frida and Friends 5th Annual Blanket Drive and Silent Auction

For the past couple of years Jai and Blanche Tanju have held this drive to collect blankets for our furry friends at the San Jose Animal Pet Shelter.

For this year's drive they have decided to add a silent art auction at their new gallery "Seeing Things" along with the collecting blankets.  Friends and local artists have been asked to donate a pet inspired piece of art for this auction. All proceeds from the auction will be donate in need.  All bidding for art pieces will start at $10.

Please come by Saturday the 1st of December, 6pm to 10pm*.
see how inspired we are by our four legged friends. 
"Tell Me Again About the Day I was Adopted"
Murphy Adams
Seeing Things Gallery 
30 North Third Street
San Jose CA 95112


Tell Me Again About the Day I was Adopted

I'll have a little display at Heartmade with paintings, prints, ceramics, dolls and maybe some of my jewlery. 

The 11th Annual Holiday Show and Sale begins First Friday December 7th at 7pm. Over 50 artists from KALEID and the greater South Bay area will be offering original works of art and creative gifts affordably priced for the holidays!

Participating Artists:
Murphy Adams
Frank Aguilar
Jaclyn Alderete
Fernando Amaro
Shannon Amidon
Mariana Barnes
Christine Benjamin
Laura Bennett
Sandi Billingsley
Julie Bilyeu
Mike Borja
Lacey Bryant
Keith Bunnell
Nicolas Caesar
Shone Chacko
Kim Christman
Mark Damrel
Joe Decker
Charis DeRemer
Cari Ferraro
Michael Foley
Kim Gordon
Michele Guieu
Katie Gutierrez
Andre Hart
Jeff Hemming
Leah Jay
Dylan Kelly
Oscar Knutsson
Katrina Marie Loera
Drew McSherry
Joshua Marcotte
Frances Marin
Kimy Martinez
David Mejia
Mariya Milovidova
Yumi Miyagawa
John Paulson
Joe Perea
Anabella PiƱon
Al Preciado
Amine Rastgar
Steven Reece
Jen Renzel
John Renzel
Leslie Ann Rice
Blaise Rosenthal
Valerie Runningwolf
Karen Carlo Salinger
Miha Sarani
Matthew Seigel
Steven Suiter
Courtney Thiesen
Kori Thompson
Amanda Triplett
Michelle Waters
Jeanne Yee

KALEID Gallery
88 S. 4th St.  San Jose, CA
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday Noon–7pm
First Fridays ’til 11pm
Free & open to the public.


at Studio Gallery San Francisco
small pieces under $400
November 8th - December 23rd, 2012

9th Anniversary Party  

Sunday, December 2nd, 2-6 pm
The work might be little, but the tiny show is huge!  We are proud to present a giant show of small work, with hundreds of pieces on display from 210 local artists.  Everything is under 7" x 7" and under $400, with loads of one-of-a-kind pieces under $200.  Are you looking for a little something for yourself, or maybe a gift for that special someone?  We've got you covered!  We'll be hanging new work every day, and the show will again include a VIP section, with some special pieces that we just couldn't resist.  A list of participating artists is below; click here to see a selection of advance photos from the show.
Holiday Hours:  Mon+Tue 12-6, Wed-Fri 11-8, Sat+Sun 11-6
STUDIO Gallery
1815 Polk Street
(between Washington and Jackson)
San Francisco, CA 94109


Monday, November 5, 2012

SJ Creatives Interview November 4, 2012

Beardos 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Murphy Adams

Name:  Murphy Adams

What do you do? 
Primarily I make small, quirky paintings, but I also work in clay, mosaic and make art dolls.

Where can we find your work? 

Kaleid Gallery in San Jose, Studio Gallery in San Francisco, and a number of smaller shops, as well as my Etsy store Murphy Adams Studio .
I've also done several murals and public art projects throughout the South Bay and am currently starting a slab clay and mosaic project at Ace Charter School in East San Jose.

What inspires you to create and how do you keep motivated when things get tough?
I tend to be a bit of a hermit, hiding out in my studio at home, so when I hit a creative slump I just need to get out.  My work is about relationships, emotion, the stuff that makes us human, all squishy and pathetic and ding dang lovely at the same time, but if I don't get out and live it I've got nothing to paint.

I also get inspired when people tell me how they connect with my work, or how a specific piece seemed to be painted just for them. Again, it's tapping into emotion, and you can't do that alone, it would be boring.

What do you think is more important content/finished product or technique/process?  
Well I can't believe I'm saying  this, but the finished product. As someone who sells art, the end product is ultimately more important. Of course  experimentation and process has played a big part in developing who I am and who I continue to be as an artist. I still spend hours testing new techniques and combinations of materials.

Who are some people who influence and/or inspire you?
I love that SJ has this cool little, tight knit art community, it's very inspiring. So many artists here work really hard at surviving making art, and consistently create...friends like Christine Benjamin, Lacey Bryant and Katy Kindig  to name a few.

I'm also really into reading the Etsy Blog "Quit Your Day Job," where artists and craftspeople tell their own personal stories about how they've grown their art businesses and been able to stop working a day job...someday.

As far as influential art figures currently and through history, people like Alison Saar, Squeak Carnwath, Linda Barry, Maira Kalman, Reverend Howard Finster, Margaret Kilgallen, Joe Sorren, Jean Michel Basquiat, Mark Rothko, Frida Kahlo, Henry Darger, Jacob Lawrence... their creative expression always blows me over, makes me cry or just hits me hard across the face, in a good way.

If you could be any fictional character who would you be? Ha! Somebody kickass like Game of Thrones Khaleesi, the one with the dragon babies, Zena Warrior Princess or a Bond Girl.  If you watch Adventure Time, I'd like to be Marceline, but I'm the Lumpy Space Princess.  In other words, somebody completely opposite of my marshmallowy, goofy self.

When do you get your best ideas? Laying in bed in the morning , kind of lucid dreaming, I think about things that I've witnessed the day before, what's been said to me and what was meant by it, sometimes about the underlying meanings of things.

I  also keep a sketchbook in my bag at all times and I'll often sketch a situation that I've seen, or write down a phrase or title that gets stuck in my head. I like to listen to people, things they say when emotions run high are most interesting. I'm especially drawn to awkward and embarrassing situations, the immense power of love and hope and the sad but sometimes funny side of misfortune. Laughing inappropriately has gotten me in trouble more times than not, but it's those situations that provide substance for my paintings.

What materials/tools do you use most to create your work?
I like to start with good thick cold press watercolor paper, then I use a combination of acrylic and colored ink, sometimes some colored pencil and I love Tombow art pens.  I layer multiple jewel tone colors over colors with matte medium. I know, it looks deceivingly simple.

Are you self taught or formally educated? How do you think that has influenced or affected your work?
I started out as a fine arts major in college, but it was the 80's (I'm aging myself here) and abstract, minimal & light and space paintings were what was popular, so I wasn't taken seriously. My art wasn't art with a capitol A; I suppose it still isn't. In any case I got a degree in art history and worked as a gallery director and curator for much of my adult life. I took a few studio classes but I consider myself largely self taught. Overall I think it's influenced me in a positive way. No one got to tell me what to do or how to do it. Of course I missed out on the how to do things part and I admit that would have been helpful. However, I was able to draw my inspiration from the art that was important to me, form my own opinions and discover things outside mainstream trends. Outsider, visionary, and folk art is a big wow for me as is the bravery that children's work possesses, I would have never found that during a  traditional arts education. 

What would your creative work taste like?
Pigs in a blanket and a beer, and maybe some Hot Tamales candy for dessert. Something so bad, but really so good.

When you are not creating what do you like to do?
I sew, I'm a compulsive baker, my extraordinary husband Patrick & I raise chickens and keep bees. I like homestead-ish type stuff, we've been looking for a little farm down in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area where we can do more of that kind of stuff, and my man has promised me goats! I like taking my dogs to the beach, I love music and going to shows, I'm a word game junkie and I like TV, way more than I should. I also love hanging out with my kids Ivy & Kasten who are now 20 and 17; they're amazing, hilarious and creative beyond belief. Ivy is starting her 3rd year of a BFA program in illustration at PNCA in Portland, and I'm sure my son will follow his creative vision. Seriously, they're my greatest creation. Everything considered, I'm living the good life.

How did you learn to access your creative talents and gain the confidence to put it out there for everyone to experience?
Putting your art out there at first is tough. I had tons of support and encouragement from friends and family. The first time I showed my work I made 40 small paintings and nearly all of them sold. It suddenly hit me, after years of working in galleries, teaching art to kids and a multitude of odd jobs in between, I can do what I love doing most of all. It took me a really long time to come to that realization and to feel comfortable enough to call myself an artist. I wish that I made it happen sooner, but I had to get to the "why the heck not," phase of my life where I stopped worrying about failure. I also just think creative people are naturally more fearful & sensitive, and I needed time to get over that.

What advice would you give others just beginning their creative adventures?
It's not easy, but if you're the kind of person who puts creating above all else for all means go for it. Eat it, sleep it roll around in it. Your work should be completely your own, don't  try and be somebody else. Think about content, not just style. Most of all treat it like a business, put some serious hours into it, market yourself,  get yourself out there. Oh and don't be a flake, don't perpetuate the artist stereotype, it makes us all look bad.

Upcoming Shows:


Reception: 11/11/2012 2-6 pm
Location: Studio Gallery
1815 Polk Street
San Francisco California 94109



Reception: 12/7/2012 7-11 pm
Location: Kaleid Gallery
(408) 947-1785
88 S. 4th Street,
San Jose California 95113
A holiday group show of affordable small works.