Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kaleid Gallery's Rockin' Stocking Holiday Show and Sale!

Please join me December 3rd for Kaleid Gallery's A Rockin' Stocking Holiday Show and Sale! I've been making all kinds of new paintings, mixed media on wood and even some weird Christmas ornaments for this event. It will be opening during December's First Friday with a reception from 7-9pm. I'll be there...come say hi and see what I've been up to!

KALEID Gallery

88 South 4th Street (between San Fernando & Santa Clara)
Downtown San Jose

Friday, October 8, 2010

Illustration Friday: Transportation

I haven't participated in Illustration Friday in awhle, well actually I haven't participated in much lately. Anyways I chose this painting called "Escape" oner that I really like and my good friend Karyn & Eric Lammerding now have in their collection. There's something about being out on a bike, the feeling of freedom, the thought that you could pretty much go anywhere if you were up to it. A bike gives you the chance to escape to put distance between you and whatever it is you want to get away from.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Donuts and beer and zombies, oh my! New Zombie Art at Psycho Donuts Downtown SJ!

Hey kids, There's a new Psycho donuts opening in downtown San Jose where Camera 3 theatres is located. I've been channeling my inner killer/brain eater and creating some new zombie pieces for their upcomong show! It opens Thursday night September 16th from 6-9pm, come by and see me! Lots of fun haps...
Info follows!

It's True! Psychos infilitrating Downtown San Jose

Psycho Fans --

The corner of 2nd and San Carlos is a quiet, unassuming corner. But what might make a peaceful Downtown San Jose corner go crazy? We're giddy to announce the official launch of San Jose Psycho Donuts! You'll find the newest Psycho Donuts ("SJPD") under the same crazy roof as ComedySportz and Camera 3 Theaters. At the crossroads of San Jose State University, San Jose Convention Center, and the SOFA District - look for a demented pyramid of crazy donuts/drinks, comedy, and movies. It just may be the coolest combined attraction to infiltrate San Jose!

On Thursday September 16, join us for our official Psycho San Jose Launch Event - Donut Stop Laughing - from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Get a sneak peek at our new store, try a free donut sample, see some live comedy sketches from our friends at ComedySportz, and more! Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for all the details.

SJPD Official Launch: Friday, September 17! Psycho Donuts will inflict San Jose customers with crazy donuts and light-hearted fun. Watch as we transform 2nd and San Carlos over the coming weeks, with the creative help of Avila Studios. Come visit us on opening weekend!

Here's what we're bringing to Downtown San Jose. Buckle in, because San Jose's gonna go wild!

...All the crazy Psycho Donuts you've come to know and lust after. Enjoy your donut on our new Psycho Patio. It's people-watching with a crazy donut in hand. What could be better? Donut be concerned about parking; because the SJPD parking garage is directly overhead! Spend $5 on crazy donuts and you'll walk out with a crooked smile and a parking validation in hand! It wouldn't be Psycho Donuts without crazy artwork for sale. Check out original artwork from local artists such as Christine Benjamin, Simon Salas, Murphy Adams, and many more. Padded Pfoto Cell? New and improved...
Seating for 30+ crazy customers inside and out - and serious coffee drinks, in conjunction with our good friends from Tony's Coffee. One Psycho latte coming right up! Would you like our Caffeinated or Placebo blend?! How about a Psycho Pstrawberry Psmoothie? Comin' right up! Just ask one of our Psycho Nurse Baristas!


Scariously, have you ever seen a donut shop selling beer and wine? That's fermented! It may take us a few weeks to get the beer and wine flowing, but its coming, so save your thirst! Donut and wine pairing events? More beer-filled donuts? Believe it!


Psycho Donuts is teaming up with ComedySportz, the Bay Area's Interactive, Improvised Comedy Experience. What could be better? Grab a donut from the Nurse on Duty, and get yourself tickets to the funniest and longest-running comedy show in the South Bay.

Camera 3 has always been known for creative and discriminating films. That won't change. But let's just say that some of their upcoming film choices will be inspired by a certain cult donut shop now possessing (yes, we meant it that way) their theater lobby. Pick up some Psycho Popcorn from the Nurse on Duty and enjoy the show! Here are a few dates you'll want to remember:

Even with all the new fun at SJPD, our nurses at Psycho Donuts Campbell will always be there for you. We hope to see you at SJPD, beginning September 17, located at 288 S. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Richard M. Williams 1923-2010

One week ago today my dad died. He had been in the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks with a blood clot in what was left of one of his lungs. He had emphysema for many years and in the past 5 or so had been on oxygen and slowed down progressively until he could no longer walk a few steps without being out of breath. It was difficult to watch. My father had always been what you'd describe as robust, a big strong guy, a man's man who seemed capable of anything. "Was he a smoker?" everyone asks. Yes, but he had quit at age 42 when my youngest brother was born in 1965. Unfortunately, he had grown up with a smoking father, worked for many years in a smoke filled office...the damage was done. My mom called me and my older brother the day my dad passed, I'm grateful I was at his side when he left us. My dad was a good man, a truly kind man who gave us all a great life, he showed us love and support in everything we attempted. He always wanted to be an artist, he went to the Chicago Art Institute on the GI Bill after WWII to study what was then called commercial art. It was not in the cards for him, he left to make money first working selling Studebakers, then refridgerators, eventually becoming a union man, championing worker's rights for 28 years.

This Saturday my husband and I will be driving our oldest Ivy up to Oregon to PNCA, http://www.pnca.edu/ where she'll study illustration. I can't help but think she's finishing something my father had started more than 50 years ago. She found this old drawing in a drawer that my father did, he was always doodling, we all had to laugh, seeing the similarities that flow from each of us father to daughter to granddaughter.

On the top is a picture of my dad Richard Williams and my daughter Ivy about 15 years ago. I miss you Dad.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shows Over Folks...

Well I had a good run at Kaleid Gallery and sold several pieces...whew-hoo(a combination of relieved and excited)! Thanks to everybody who came out to see the show...I really appreciate all the support and encouragement that comes my way!

I'm back to work, both at my day job and in the studio creating some new work, meanwhile getting my just turned 18 year old daughter off to college next month. Yes, I have produced another artist, she'll be off to PNCA in Portland to study illustration. She's just opened an etsy shop so if you'd like to support her endevors check it out...she's really good, and I'm not just saying that because she's my daughter!

Above is Phillip one in a series of Boyfriend Dolls I've been working on, he's very sweet. More to come.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"SEE HERE" solo show ...thanks all!

So the opening of my solo show "SEE HERE" went pretty well. Not a huge turnout due to the SubZero Festival (which was quite awesome btw) happening at the same time. Happily, several friends and collectors came out to support me and I sold quite a few pieces. Woo-hoo! Big thanks to everybody who made it, it was very cool to put together an entire body of work and put it out there. Everybody seemed to love my giant wood puppet whose arms and legs went up and down when you tugged on the string which dangled between her legs and the new clay and mosaic pieces which I am quite proud of. My boyfriend dolls were also a hit, with hottie emo boy Riley selling early in the night (Thanks Chris!) I made a few give-away wood block prints, (there may still be some at the gallery) and I did some serious baking for the event and was cleaned out, big thanks to you all for not allowing me to take leftovers home to eat them all by myself. The show runs until July 9th so please go check it out when you can, here's a bit about the show:

Murphy Adams: SEE HERE

In "See Here" I'm working with the idea of telling someone off, letting them in on how you feel, letting your opinion be known, while maybe what we’re really saying is "see, here, see inside my heart, feel what I'm feeling". My work is about emotion; it’s about what people think about but never say, about what you've said but wish you hadn't or about how actions speak more than words. It’s the process of what we feel inside and how it manifests itself in words and actions on the outside.

My quirky, naive style is intentionally childlike, alphabet blocks spell out heart breaking messages and words packed with emotional heat are scrawled in brightly painted backgrounds. Our relationships with one another, and with the world around us are put under the microscope and seen through a most simple eye, see here, this is who I am.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Illustration Friday: Slither

This is a piece I did for one of my favorite collectors Oliver Wessel of his pet corn snake who is actually called El Diablo. So this one is aptly named "Dancing with El Diablo".

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"SEE HERE" solo show at Kaleid Gallery Friday, June 4th

See Here, I have a show of new work coming to Kaleid Gallery on First Friday, June 4th. Included in the show will be loads of new paintings, some sculpture, a few of my "boyfriend " dolls and some really cool mosaic pieces that I'm really excited about! There will be live music and tasty vittles and of course me, please try and come by and say hi, I'll be there from 6-9pm.

In "See Here" I'm exploring the idea of telling someone off, letting them in on how you feel, letting your opinion be known, while at the same time saying "see, here, see inside my heart, feel what I'm feeling". My work is about emotion, its about what people think about but never say or about what you've said but wish you hadn't or about how actions speak more than words. Its a look both inside and outside your senses. My quirky, naive style is intentionally childlike, alphabet blocks spell out heart breaking messages and words packed with emotional heat are scrawled in brightly painted backgrounds. Our relationships with one another, and with the world around us are put under the microscope and seen through a simple eye, see here, it is what it is.

The opening also takes place during the SubZero Festival a DIY event of art, music and culture in Downtown San Jose. Please come see me first, then go enjoy the festival, it goes until midnight. I'll be there too!


"See Here," continues through July 9th.

Hope to see you on

June 4th!

Kaleid Gallery


88 South 4th Street

San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 947-1785

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy May Day!

May 1st always reminds me of May Day in Catholic School when we danced around the statue of Virgin Mary with ribbons and flowers. I still dig Mary, all sweetness and light, none of that gruesome Catholic stuff. May is beautiful, my garden is going off, there are hummingbirds aplenty, its time to plant our summer veggies and a couple of my chickens even laid 2 eggs apiece this morning! That's Little Tina Turner up there hanging out in my studio.

Here's some info on a couple of upcoming shows I'll be in this month. I'm making some pieces for "Nurses and Donuts and Art, OH My," at Psycho Donuts, set to open on May 15...see details below. If you haven't been to Psycho Donuts in Campbell, it's a trip! Come to the opening...my daughter Ivy Atoms will be doing live drawing along with Christine Benjamin. Also adorable artist Trina Merry will be doing some live body painting. And of course there's "Delicious" at Studio gallery in SF, opening May 9th.

If you don't already have it on your calendar, solo show June 4th at Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, hope you can be there! If you'd like to receive my monthly newsletter with noteworthy events please email me at murphyadams@sbcglobal.net.

Delicious Exhibits Coming Up in SJ and SF

artwork by Lacey Bryant

Donuts and Nurses and Art, Oh My! at Psycho Donuts in Campbell

Reception: Saturday, May 15th 10AM to 3PM
Show runs from April 27th to June 6th 2010

Psycho artists are working around the clock, driving themselves crazy - in preparation for "Donuts and Nurses and Art, Oh My!" Check out original affordable artwork by local artists - like Christine Benjamin, Lacey Bryant, Michael Foley, Sheri DeBow, Eric Joyner, Simon Salas, Murphy Adams, Nic Caesar, Michael Borja, John Hageman, Michelle Waters and more.

Artist Trina Merry will entertain audiences with her live body painting and artists Christine Benjamin and Ivy Atoms will be on sight painting some cool creatures on canvas!

Come for one of the world's best donuts, and "Psycho Killer" coffee; stay for the art!

Psycho Donuts
2006 S. Winchester Blvd.
Campbell, CA 95008


Monday - Thursday 6am-9pm
Friday 6am-11pm | Saturday 7am-11pm | Sunday 7am-9pm


art work by Christine Benjamin

Delicious Show Work Inspired by Food & Drink at STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco

Reception: Sunday, May 9th, 2-6 pm
Show runs from May 5th - June 6th 2010

The Bay Area's twin passions, Food and Art, come together in Delicious, our annual show of work inspired by food and drink. This year's show--our sixth!--is bigger and better than ever: over 100 local artists bring their talents to the party. There's something for every appetite: lovely views of farms and Wine Country vineyards, terrific still lifes, scenes of local eateries and bars, plus a bit of retro flair. Each year there are themes that emerge: this year there's a lot of red, a lot of smaller, affordable pieces, fewer vegetables and more junk food. But if pressed, we would have to dub 2010 The Year of Bacon: the show has a number of witty depictions of that favorite cured meat product.

1815 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109


Wednesday - Friday, 11am-8pm
Saturday + Sunday, 11am-6pm
Closed Monday + Tuesday, except by appointment

Friday, April 23, 2010

Illustration Friday, April 23

Today's Topic on illustration Friday is ahead. This one is called "My Bike is Faster than Yours". Lots of crazy bicyclists here in Nor-Cal trying to stay ahead of one another!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mark your Calendar: Two New Shows this Spring!

What better excuse to blow off dishes and laundry and especially cleaning the bathroom than to make art! I have 2 shows coming up in May and June and have been in the studio everyday working my little (ok big, I have man hands) fingers to the bone making art.

The first show is called "Delicious" at Studio Gallery in San Francisco. If you haven't been to this great little gallery, you're missing out! The directors Jennifer and Rab are amazing and have a great eye for some awesome Bay Area artists. I've bought a few pieces in there, I just can't help myself. Two of my favorites are Bill Dunlap and Richard Benbrook. Anyways "Delicious" is a show all about art inspired by food and drink, I've done 4 pieces for this show, including this one, which is kind of a self portrait entitled "If You're not Careful".

Delicious at Studio Gallery
1815 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931-3130

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 9, 2-6pm
The show runs through June 6th

The other show is a SOLO Show! Yes you heard it here first! Well, there's actually 2 solo shows going on simultaneously at Kaleid Gallery in June, I just happen to be one of them. I'm going all out on this one. In addition to a selection of new small paintings, I've been working on slab clay and mosaic pieces, art dolls, canvasses and some clay sculpture. I'm still trying to think of a title for the show. I have a long list of possibilities but nothing's jumped out at me yet, I'll keep you posted. The show opens on June 4th, which is First Friday in Downtown San Jose & there's an artwalk so all the galleries will have openings. There will be tasty vittles and live music and I'll probably do some serious baking, which is actually something I'm quite good at. If you're local please try and come! In any case my studio looks like a bomb went off but I'm making lots of progress with my clay work...I can't wait to fire and glaze these puppies. The pieces below will be assembled with broken tiles and the like, I'm really excited about these!

Kaleid Gallery

88 South 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 947-1785
Opening Reception; Friday June 4th 7-9pm
The show runs through June 26th

Friday, April 16, 2010

Illustration Friday

Today's Illustration Friday prompt was "Detective". This piece is called "Still Searching". She's definitely a detective, searching for love, the meaning of life, or maybe just her keys.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Murphy Adams: A Brief History of Me in 20 Pictures (based on a true story)

A few weeks back I did a little presentation as part of Kaleid Gallery's $2. Tuesday Quirky Lecture Series. I knew I just couldn't go up there and talk about my work so I decided to use this old overhead projector that my husband hauled home and do some drawings on transparencies. Although I was quite nervous, I thought for sure I would pee my pants, but it went over pretty well. Anyways a few people have asked that I put it up on my blog...so here goes! Hope you like it....its very informative. Please let me know what you think!

Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist

or the fastest runner in the world. Sometimes I would run as far and as fast as I could. I got lost alot.

I went to Catholic School when there were still nuns. The Sisters of Mercy (dun,dun, dun)

My real name is Mary, but my father thought it too plain for a girl like me so he called me Murphy

At school there were 2 other Mary's in my class, so using my middle name the nuns called me Mary-Lea.

The refused to call me Murphy. They said it was a drunk Irishman's name (I think they were referring to Father Murphy.

The nuns used to hit me in the fingers with a ruler if they caught me drawing in class.

I once drew a picture of my teacher who we called Muffin (she was old and puffy) and our principal who we called Beaver (she had buck teeth) and I got a spanking on my bare butt bootie in the cloak room.

After they let me out of Catholic school I went to public school. My art teacher there thought I was pretty special. But then I found out he had married a couple of his former students once they graduated Ewwww.

I went to art school in the 80's. Art then was about light and space and nothing interesting. I didn't get it or fit in. It made me feel insecure about my work.

I finished college and became a gallery director and curator. I only did art in secret.

I got married...to a bad man

Then I replaced him with a good man (he's not really Canadian)

We live a simple happy life filled with art & nature & pets & laughter. We had 2 babies who grew up to be artists in their own right.

Along the way I tried many jobs to keep our little boat afloat including waitressing, teaching comedy traffic school, even a phone sex operator. But what I really needed was to find my way back to art.

I started teaching art to kids. They were fearless, uncompromising and uncritical. They were inspiring.

I got a bit older and brought my art out in the open, I liked what I saw, others did too. I felt comfortable in my old skin as an artist.

My work is about what I see out of the corner of my eye.
Its about the things we think about but never talk about.
Its about raw emotion, those indescribable feelings that can't be put into words.

I make art everyday. I create painting and sculpture an do large public artworks. I have traveled full circle and returned to the artist that I always was.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sketchbook Show at Kaleid Gallery

People often ask me, "Murphy, where do you get your ideas?". Basically, I'm a snoop, someone who justs quietly walks through the world making observations on the human condition. I've got many ways of collecting these observations. One, I'm pretty stealth with the camera phone, I often times take pictures of that unsuspecting person doing something ridiculous, or ridiculously cute. Like the time I saw this guy cramming a giant corndog in his mouth. Still one of my fav photos, I later did a much more complimentary rendition of a hot dog eater. Two, sometimes when I see something visually alluring I sketch these quick, almost stick figure renditions of my idea, sometimes on the backs of receipts or old envelopes I find in my purse. One day in a communal dressing room I caught this lady staring at herself in her giant granny panties with this horrified look on her face. I've been there lady, I know, no sexy panties for me anymore, those days are over. From this I created "Driving the Bus," a term my husband uses whenever I wear those oh so unflattering underwear.

Another way I gather information is by being a good eavesdropper; listening in on people's conversations is great fodder for subject matter. Whether its mothers talking about the horrible play-date they had to endure with their angelic child or hearing kids in carpool talk about their badly behaved parents, like "Oh no its Thursday night and mom's going to "Drunko" tonight, hope she's up in time to make my lunch tomorrow". Seriously priceless, I couldn't make half this stuff up.

You'll be able to see lots of my ideas which led to painting in the Sketchbook Show at Kaleid Gallery opening March 5th at 88 South 4th street between San Fernando and Santa Clara in downtown San Jose. I'll be at the reception on Friday from 7-9 if you'd like to stop by!

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 7pm
Saturday, Noon - 5pm

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth Street
Downtown San Jose

Murphymae I: Sketchbook Show at Kaleid Gallery


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Away we go!

"I'll Show You Mine," currently at Psycho Donuts.

Just got back from a great turnout at Psycho Donuts...big thanks to Christine Benjamin for all of her hard work putting this fantastic show together. Tons of really great pieces and things seemed to be flying off the walls during the opening!

I'll be gone this week on a whale watching trip in San Ignacio, Mexico...but bringing a sketchbook! Hopefully I'll come up with some great new ideas for paintings involving complicated relationships with whales or scientific research types (of which I am married)or who knows what.

Don't forget the Sketchbook show at Kaleid is coming up Friday March 5th in downtown San Jose, curated by the incredible Lacey Bryant.

Oh and Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tainted Love at Psycho Donuts - February 14

I Gave YOu My Heart

If Valentine's Day had an evil twin, it would have been conceived at Psycho Donuts! We have so much killer stuff going on, it'll be positively demented! Mark your calendar now for Sunday, Feb 14 - for TAINTED LOVE at Psycho Donuts! That's right - none of this stodgy, lovey-dovey, romantic, everyone's-in-love Day... our Valentine's Day is rooted not the real world, but in the surreal world!

Want a seriously memorable Valentine's Day? You gotta be at Psycho Donuts. Here's what's going wrong at Psycho Donuts on Feb 14, beginning at 10:00am:

Tainted Love Donuts. You've never seen donuts like these on Valentine's Day. Sure, we'll have some heart shaped donuts - but that's sooooo expected, right? Let's face it - any donut shop can make a heart-shaped donut, and they probably will. So let's get to the heart of the matter... Love takes work, and so does the creation of monstrosities like our "Aphrodisiac Donut," and "The Abstinance Holes." That's right, let your imagination wander... it's ok, The Department of Homeland Security has not implented thought monitoring yet.

Tainted Art. Not your typical love paintings - but original local works from artists who understand that love comes at a cost. Check out whack art from Christine Benjamin, Nic Caesar, Murphy Adams, Skip Crank, Sid Enck Jr., Michelle Waters, Lacey Bryant, Michael Foley, Sherwin Viray, Denice Vaughn, Tamiko Boiko, Carlos Villez,Keith Bowers and Deborah Barba! Let's admit it - real love encompasses psychotic pain - we are out to expose the truth this Valentines Day... channeling art as our medium. Purchase a piece of original art for your Psycho Valentine, starting as low as $35!
If I Could Only Sleep with My Cat

Tainted Songs. If you've not been to Psycho Donuts for Psycho Karaoke, you are missing out on some scarious loopy fun. Join us with our fearless Karaoke ringleader, Korkaraoke. Our standing offer applies - sing a song, get a free donut! Check out Batman singing karaoke last December, and Nurse Dylan killin' it this past weekend! Check out Psycho Karaoke, and you'll know why The Metro voted Psycho Donuts the Weirdest Place to see a Live Show (oh, and Best Donut Shop too...).

Show runs form Feb. 5th to March 14th, 2010
Store Hours:
Monday - Thursday 6am-5pm
Friday 6am-11pm
Saturday 7am-11pm
Sunday 7am-5pm

Psycho Donuts
2006 S. Winchester Blvd
Campbell, CA 9500

Looking forward to some Psycho times together on Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy Twenty Ten!

"Sneaking a Beer" mixed media on wood 2010

Happy 2010?
You're not serious, January is just about over and I'm just getting started on the new year? Well, yeah. I guess I needed a few weeks to catch up on old 2010, think about what's up for me this year and even make a few resolutions. For one, stop procrastinating, get on the ball Murph! Like this blog for example, writing it was supposed to be fun, but it's become a chore like the ding dang dishes. All that is going to change I tell you! New blog posts galore in 2010! Number two, I need to get outta my pj's before noon...or four, a shower would be a good idea as well, and scrubbing the paint out of my fingernails and off my elbows might be a nice change. Numero three, just because I'm an artist doesn't mean I have to have a messy house. I'll attempt to keep the art in the studio and not on every flat surface in the house. I'm purdy lucky to make art for a living, sure beats other jobs that I've had like teaching comedy traffic school or my one day stint as a 1-900 phone "actress"...so it's time to get with the program!

New Stuff:

I'm now showing at Azuca Gallery in Los Gatos, there's a nice little window display of my work happening now..thanks Amy! The address is 11 1/2 Santa Cruz Ave in downtown Los Gatos. Check out the brand new originals and prints there!

"Be Mine" mixed media on paper 2010

There's a Valentine show at Psycho Donuts called "Tainted Love," that I'm currently working on new pieces for. Bring your sweetie out for a donut and some art Valentine's morning for a cool little reception to start your day. Check out the event on their blog The Psycho Buzz: http://psychodonuts.blogspot.com/

Upcoming in March is the Sketchbook show at Kaleid Gallery, you'll get a chance to peruse through my sketchbook along with I think 30 other artists, and see some killer art...more on that later. I will also be participating in the "Food" show at Studio Gallery in San Francisco, I'm thinking bacon and borscht.

I'm still working with Lizard Skin Studios on a public art piece in Milpitas, where we've erected a 20 foot steel tree and are hanging strands of recycled objects from it. We're still looking for CDs and bottle-caps, give me a holler if you have any! I'm also busy making clay forms for some new projects in the works for Sacramento and one in Poland!

Thats all for now...off to work, work, work!