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Last Chance to see a retrospective of sculptor Tom Murphy's city statues of the famous

Published on July 6th 2010.

Public figures

LIVERPUDLIANS and visitors to the city cannot have failed to see the work of Tom Murphy, Liverpool’s most notable sculptor of public works.

His statues of local dignitaries stand in many of the city's busiest and most significant places. From Bessie Braddock and (more recently) Ken Dodd at Lime St Station, to Bill Shankly at Liverpool Football Club and John Lennon at (yes!) Liverpool John Lennom Airport. His bronzes add a robust grandeur and solid presence to the city's inheritance and achievements.

Currently exhibiting at The Vitreum Gallery at Merchant Taylors’s Girls’ School, Crosby, it is interesting to see some aspects of the process involved in bringing the pieces into being.

Helpfully, there are press cuttings and plenty of other information detailing the history of this impressive body of work.

Tom also exhibits several paintings, mainly oil on canvas, showing a different side of his art. The paintings, appearing oddly two-dimensional in the light of the artist's sculptural work, are attractively naïve in style if difficult to place in context.

The Shankley Statue 1999

The beautiful Vitreum Gallery has now played host to a series of exhibitions celebrating the work of the region’s leading artists. This is the first time all of Tom’s maquettes and models of over 30 public monuments and commissions have been shown together. You have until the end of this week to take a rare opportunity to see the work in one place, and perhaps make a purchase of one of the limited edition works.

*Tom Murphy: A retrospective The Vitreum Gallery at Merchant Taylors’s Girls’ School, Liverpool Rd, Crosby, Until Friday July 9, 9am-4pm.

Gayna Rose Madder

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