Lyman Allyn Art Museum Showcases Abstract Art by James B Murphy

New London, CT – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is proud to announce the opening of James B Murphy Abstracts, on view from January 25 through March 24, 2019. 

James B Murphy Abstracts, the latest exhibit in Lyman Allyn’s Near :: New contemporary series, presents the pathway Murphy took from the representational to more suggestive but still identifiable images, and then beyond the suggestive to the pure abstract.

“I became aware of his interest in nonrepresentational work almost by conversational accident but soon urged him on after I saw his compelling initial forays,” said Sam Quigley, Director of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. “Beyond painterly aspiration, his confidence and directness has beguiled me and others with increasing urgency in the relatively short time he followed this particular Muse.”
James B Murphy began as a representational artist, having studied classical technique at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in the early 2000s. Two years ago, he started experimenting with abstracts in his studio in East Haddam, CT, forming and arranging shapes with paper, Adobe Photoshop, and acrylic color samples. 
Says Murphy, “What interests me is the virtue of an image. Why do I find one image exciting and a similar one dull? While the answer may relate to composition, color, rhythm, incompleteness, suggestion, and other variables, I believe the source of an abstract painting’s strength must be uncertain.”  

About the artist
James B Murphy has had three successive careers: first as a journalist with TIME Magazine, then as a playwright [Promise, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Wellfleet, MA, 2010 and The Grand Design, Shetler Studios, New York City, 2012]; and currently as an artist. Exhibitions include the William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT; The Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Old Lyme, CT; the Lyme Art Association; and numerous private venues including one person shows at hospitals and assisted living communities throughout southeastern Connecticut. 

The opening reception will be on Friday, January 25th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Museum members are free and non-members are $10. Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext. 2129.
For more information or to request images, please contact Rebecca Dawson at 860.443.2545, ext. 2112 or at

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present; artworks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses. 

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129 or visit us on Facebook or the web at: