Noel Murphy is an acclaimed Belfast based artist, whose first solo shows had taken place prior to his graduation from the University of Ulster in 1994. Since then he has exhibited in many national and international shows, with his work receiving wide critical acclaim for its contemporary qualities and the exquisite technical abilities of the artist. The art historian Amanda Croft has noted that Murphy is a “consummate story teller, mythmaker and visual poet of a painter”. This has been reflected in the powerful artworks he has made over the years.
His standing in the arts community, and with the wider public, was reflected in 2002, when he was commissioned to paint the Northern Ireland Assembly in session. This large scale portrait, completed in 2003, now hangs alongside William Conor’s ‘The State Opening of the first Northern Ireland Parliament in 1921 by His Majesty King George V’ in the Senate Chamber of the Stormont Parliament.
His reputation has continued to grow since this commission and he received a further significant commission to produce a portrait Michael Collins for the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum Gallery in 2015.