John J. A. Murphy (American, 1888-1967)
Woodcut on paper, signed lower right.
Painting size: 14.6” diameter
Frame size: 11.5” x 9.5
Though born in Boston, painter and printmaker John J. A. Murphy lived in New York City. He was a member of the Guild of Free Lance Artists and is best known for his woodcuts. A posthumous exhibition of his work was held at New York’s Sylvan Cole Gallery in 1990.
In this tondo print of the Nativity, attenuated figures merge with a rocky background to create a shelter for the young family. Meanwhile wide striations surround the Christ child to suggest a radiating, holy light.
John J. A. Murphy is listed in "Who Was Who in American Art" (Falk, 1999) and the "Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers" (Fielding, 1986).