The Mankiw Family Gallery at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School is pleased to announce The Wonder of Wire Art, Inspirations from Cellini to Calder, a visual art experience comprised of wire sculpture by local Boston Artist Brian Murphy, taking place November 12th - January 12th, 2016. The opening reception with the artist will be Thursday, November 12th from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Mankiw Gallery.
By training and experience Murphy is a child therapist and has been for the last twenty-five years, and until recently worked in a fairly traditional manner with traumatized children in his Boston office. In 2001, he began to explore art therapy as a way to work with emotionally disconnected children and help them address their trauma in a creative and hands-on manner. He started out making magic wands with the children to confront night fears and use the wands as a tool to channel courage and to externalize the magic inside everyone.
With encouragement from many of the children he worked with, in 2002 he gradually started to create wire sculpture on a more consistent basis, which was a good balance to the work he was doing with children. He taught himself how to use balance and kinetic energy to create humorous, entertaining figures. He specializes in creating pieces that range from whimsical figures in motion to commentaries on daily life and relationships.
Brian has participated in a number of shows and his work has been exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum Shop in New York, the Children’s Hospital in Boston, the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Boston Medical Center, L’Attitude Gallery, Hole in the Wall Gallery, Amantea Gallery, Gallery 541, the Healing and Arts Gallery, the Brookline Arts Center, and in numerous homes and studios throughout the country.
The Mankiw Family Gallery is located at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, 375 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA, 02452. The Mankiw Family Gallery offers exhibitions that explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career professional artists and periodically showing the art of faculty, staff and alumni. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.