Sandy Murphy is a contemporary Scottish artist and was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1956. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1976 until 1980, when he graduated with an honours degree. He completed a teacher training course and taught in Ayrshire schools until 1985. At this point he took the decision to paint professionally, full time.

He was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW) in 1996 and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI) in 2000.

1956 Born in Irvine, Ayrshire

1975 - 80 Studied at Glasgow School of Art

1979 Scholarship at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath

1981 – 85 Secondary School Teacher

1996 Elected RSW

2000 Elected RGI


1989 – 91,92,93 Highly Commended, Laing Competition

1994 – 95,97 National Prize Winner, Laing Competition

1994 Mary Armour Award, Paisley Institute

1998 John Gray Award

2000 Sir Gillies Award, RSW

2005 May Marshall Brown Award, RSW


1986 Main Fine Art, Glasgow

1988 Blythswood Gallery, Glasgow

1990 – 92,95,97 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow

1991 – 93,95,98,00,05 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

1999 Thompson’s Gallery

2001 John Davies Gallery

2003 Panter & Hall, London

2003 Waterford Gallery, Hale

2005 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2006 John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-wold

2007 Rodger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2008 Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow

2009 Panter & Hall, London