Francis Murphy studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Academy.

He has been awarded many prizes including the David Murray Prize 1976 and 1978, the Royal Overseas League Prize 1978, the British Institution Prize 1978, the Imperial Tobacco Award at the National Portrait Gallery 1983, the Spirit of London Competition 1985 and 1986 (a prize winner both years). He won several prizes while a student at the Royal Academy.

He has exhibited at numerous galleries. He was included in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition on ten occasions. Collectors of his work include Michael Gambon, the actor, who commissioned a portrait and bought other works, Lord Gowrie, former Arts Minister and Chairman of Sotheby's, and the former British Ambassador to Columbia.

In recent years he has unfortunately suffered from poor health.

Exhibitions & Awards

In 1978 an article in the Sunday Times entitled 'Painting from Life' featured Francis and included a photography of his work.

Royal Academy 'Summer Show' between 1977 and 1997

Royal Overseas League 'Prize Winner' 1978

Ash Barne Gallery 1979

The Picture Gallery 1980

The Imperial Tobacco Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 1981 and in 1983 (Prize winner in 1983).

Blackheath Fine Art 1982

The Cadogan Gallery 1982

The Woodlands Art Centre, Ann-Mei Gallery 1984 to 1996

The 'Spirit of London Competition' in 1985 and 1986 (Prize winner in both years).

The Original Picture Shop and Belltable Arts Centre (S. Ireland) in 1987

Honor Oak Gallery 1987, 1988, 1989

The Other Dulwich Picture Gallery 1988

Fortune Fine Art 1989, 1991

Waterman Fine Art 1989, 1990 and 1991

Phoenix Fine Art, South London Art Gallery and Hudson Lyons Gallery 1991

The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibitions between 1977 and 1997

Theatr Gwynedd, Plas Glyn y Weddw 2001


Numerous other shows at galleries in the 1980's and 1990's

(Long period of illness has prevented Francis from exhibiting since 2001)