Category Archives: Surrealism

Surrealism is my forte – the rest is just practice (Art is the idea; not the execution).

Last Supper

“Last Supper” 最後晚餐– 97x163cm- Oil on Canvas

Jesus is on the table, surrounded by modern dinner party guests happily munching on the savior’s flesh and raising their glasses. It is often forgotten that the heart of Christianity revolves around the ritual of eating and drinking Jesus Christ’s physical substance, which continues to be believed in as both a literal and symbolic necessary spiritual practice.

最後的晚餐-耶穌躺在桌上,身邊圍繞著現代晚宴的來賓,舉著酒杯、津津有味地咀嚼著耶穌的肉。基督教的主旨圍繞著飲食耶穌基督肉體的儀式,這常為世人所忘,世人持續相信這不管是實際上還是象徵意義上,都是必要的精神實踐。

Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com

Final Markdown

“Final Markdown” 最後出清– 61x73cm- Oil on Canvas, 2003

Realistic electronic baby figure, sadly greets customers with a pleading look. Even with reduced price, this unwanted toy goes unclaimed.

最後出清-栩栩如生的機器嬰兒,悲傷地用一附懇求的表情迎接顧客。這玩具即使打了折,仍無人問津。

Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com

First Communion

“First Communion” 初領聖體– 50x61cm- Oil on Canvas, 2006

Two young acolytes are initiated into the faith; eager to please they meet parental expectations by pouring their budding emotional attentions onto the cross, which is presented by the (lecherous?) hands of an old priest. Although the ritual may be innocent, subconscious/repressed sexual tendencies are involved. This work questions the practice of child-indoctrination.

初領聖體-兩位年輕的輔祭接受洗禮。急著想滿足父母期望的兩人,將他們剛萌芽的情感轉移到十字架上,這十字架由一位年長神父拿著。即使這儀式看似單純,仍下意識地傳達出受壓抑的性愛元素。這幅作品也對孩童的教條教導提出質疑。

Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com

Safe Sex

“Safe Sex” 安全”性”– 50x61cm- Oil on Canvas, 2004

Safe Sex – classic Eastern religion iconography, with added medical masks. The idea of sexual intimacy acting as a release into the bliss of divinity – death of self and birth of deity – is common in many religious traditions. When we selfishly seek to preserve our own safety, and are unwilling to lose control in a relationship, do we miss out from this form of divine union?

安全性-典型的東方宗教象徵手法,只是多戴上醫療口罩。把性交的概念當做升天(人死後而成為神祇)的快感,這種想法常見於許多宗教傳統觀念。我們自私地保護自我安全、不願失去與另一半的關係的同時,是不是也同時忽略了這一種神聖的結合。

Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com

Petra

“Petra” 佩特拉– 51x71cm- Oil on Canvas, 2001

A pregnant nude in a bar with a perfect square belly; holding it like a gift. The technology of cloning and gene manipulation makes the construction of idealized offspring possible, but do we have the maturity for it?

在酒吧的懷孕裸女,肚子呈正方形。她把肚子像禮物般的抱在手裡。複製技術和基因改造的科技讓我們有可能創造出理想的子孫,但我們技術成熟了嗎?

Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com

On the Throne

“On the Throne” 如廁– 61x73cm- Oil on Canvas, 2005

Eastern Deity on the toilet, contemplating the fragility of existence, clutching water bottle, thermometer and antibiotics. Framed by rolls of toilet paper.

如廁的東方神祇,手裡拿著水瓶、溫度計、抗生素,正冥想著存在的脆弱性。一捲捲的衛生紙圍繞著。

Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com

Masked

“Masked” 罩面– 61x73cm- Oil on Canvas, 2001

Racial or cultural anonymity; mimicking to blend in, while bonded in a tight racial unit – the product of which may only be to serve the purposes of commercialism and production.

罩面-種族或文化匿名。同種族的物種緊密結合在一起,模仿出一種產品的結合,這種產品或許只是在滿足商業主義及生產的目的。

Oil on Canvas Surrealism Oil Painting by Derek Murphy www.derekmurphyart.com