Echoes of the River – Mossenson Galleries

Looking out from the peak

16 March – 9 April

Mossenson Gallery

115 Hay Street Subiaco

The artist explores the source of our river at the place where it emerges from the ground to reveal its ancient origins and the intersect with indelible human imprint echoing across seasons and time.

The works reflect on our history with water and our river country, asking the viewer to consider how we are making our own history.

Is the river a vital resource which can keep us to account – a spiritual entity which carries ancient knowledge, or carry other meanings running through contemporary life?

Does not hold water -installed


I am so pleased announce the “ Does not hold water,” installation sits alongside “Carriers of Culture : exhibited in conjunction with IOTA21” at Mossenson’s Gallery in Subiaco until 4 October

The work, my largest at 3m x 6 m , comprises 6 eco dyed silk panels embroidered with a motif of the river. In conversation are a collection of coil baskets made from hand spun black fleece, silk and linens.

The installation : seeded by intrigue with natural dyes and hand made vessels

The work includes some traditional crafting tools and processes including eco dyes, embroidery, spinning with a small hand held spindle and recycled and found materials.

The dyes are made from bark and leaves of eucalyptus found in the country surrounding our river:

The six silk eco dyed embroidered panels reflects on the river across the seasons :
1 Eucalyptus rudis (flooded gum)
2 Wandoo wandoo (wandoo)
3 Eucalyptus loxaphelba (York gum)
4 Eucalpytus astringen (Brown mallet)
5 Corymbia calophylla (marri)
6 Corymbia calophylla (marri)

There is much to enjoy in the gallery at the moment
I would like to thank Dianne & Naomi Mossenson for their support.

Pause Button

I am pleased to be participating in this special exhibition at Old Auction House Kyneton

My work is : Rising Seas: Dragging Anchor.

December 3 2020 to January 4 2021 An exibition run by Art Aviso

Buttons were used as decorative ornaments long before they became synthetic everyday clothing fasteners, connecting one piece of material to another. Prior to the more common (usually) plastic buttons of today became the norm, buttons were crafted from sea shells, bone, ivory, wood, leather, porcelain or metal, they were hand made and could be covered in precious silks and linens or hiding a secret compartment for contraband. Buttons were hand-painted, enameled, stitched, crocheted, carved or cast.

Art Aviso Artists were supplied with a curated panel of 6  buttons, chosen for them by Art Aviso, which were to form the inspiration of a circular or spherical artwork.

The buttons were purely the inspiration for the colour, texture and shape of the artwork the subject matter was entirely up to the Artist.

July in the studio

Wow  what a roller coaster 
being an " iso artist " this past few months has been 
Yes ! Invites to join isolation shows 
I have a small work called  "Lost Chapter" in Door to Door on-line exhibition

Environs Kimberley are also on line for their annual fundraiser, from 
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 05:00 PM through August 09, 2020 
Environs Kimberley Online Art Auction  
If you are in Broome a live auction will run on August 7 at the Broome Chinatown Convention Centre

I would like to send a shout out to Charles  & Laura from Accent Fine Art  
for their particular support during the shut down.
" Kimberley Calling" is now exhibiting at the gallery & can be viewed on line 
 Accent Fine Art  Gallery 228 Cambridge St Wembley

A special thanks to  everyone who has made a purchase  in recent months. 
So appreciated 
Each of you brings a beautiful story. 
I particlarly like that one person bought a piece to cheer a friend. 

My Regards 
Image : Roebuck Bay Oil on Canvas 400 x 400 cm 

Waiting for the Rain – March Exhibition

This collection of works connects us with the energy of seasonal change and the emotional layers that changes in the weather brings

Accent Fine Art Gallery

228 Cambridge Street Wembley

MARCH 2020

Gallery open 9- 5.00 Monday to Friday

Saturday 9- 2.30

Nada is guest resident artist and will be in the gallery every Wednesady afternoon form 3.00 pm & the evenings of Thursday 12th and Wednesday 18th.

Come in to view and enjoy.

This collection and a selection of other works availale for purchase.




November Studio News

November will be a busy starting this Friday

Darlington Open  November 1-3

Darlington Hall

Pine Terrance Darlington



Morning Light Oil on Canvas
Copyright Nada Murphy © 2019

NOW September 27 to 18 October

NOW this year’s Artsource group show of work by Western Australian Artist kicks off at 6.00 Pm Friday 27 Ocotober. OLD CUSTOMS HOUSE Phillimore St Freo
My contribution is Clear Blue,

Clear Blue 122x 60 cm Nada Murphy©
intended to lift the spirits and to keep us focused on clear blue waters. The work was inspired by my many visits to the Kimberely, although might remind you of all those times when you have visited the shoreline of our beautiful coast.
Come along and enjoy the show.
Continuing to 18 Ocotober
For more information:

Creative Place Creative Space

Location: Gallery 152 Avon Terrace York

Over the weekend we explore a range of ways for creating space for yourself, to experiment, sharing & exploring ways to extend creativity in your life.

Eco Dyes are a delightful medium that connect you to your environment. We will work with bush dyes, incorporate botanical prints, and other image making techniques.

Our special guest:
Rachel Meissner Botanist & skilled crafter will provides you with some of the steps needed to begin to understand the vast array of eucalypts that can be used in your work.

Your workshop leader:
Nada Murphy will guide you through the creative process and the print and dye adventure.

Suitable for artists, crafters and makers.
For more information: “Creative Place: Creative Space ” Nada Murphy 040003152
Includes materials and equipment
Accommodation Available for Early Birds:
Kookaburra Cottages on location
Very Reasonable Rates. Book Early

Wadjemup Spirit Place Across the Water

Wadjemup Spirit Place Across the Water Nada Murphy ©

It is my pleasure to be invited
Joining with more than 100 Western Australian artists
be a part of this special exhibition celebrating Rottnest,
Raising funds for The Rottnest Foundation
To conserve the Island’s unique value

A great opportunity to have your own work
And a make a very special contribution

Photo :
Wadjemup Spirit Place Across the Water.
Artist Nada Murphy ©

Rottnest Foundation Art Exhibition
The Essence of Rottnest
Opening May 10
11-12 and 15-19 May
from 10am to 4pm
Holmes a Court Gallery
10 Douglas Street
West Perth


Magpies love them or hate them they are a very Australian Bird.

We had Magpies living harmoniously with us for years in the large tree on a neighbour’s property at the back of our place. The property sold and the new owners decided to cut the tree down.  The bird’s relocated to another tree across the front road. They were not very happy being kicked out of house and home.

My friend Irwin Lewis has a particular knack with the birds. Since Irwin now comes regularly to my studio to paint, the birds have been very friendly again. Magpies always make me think of Irwin.

This series of works are now available from our On line Shop

They Always Bring You Home

My contribution to the Royal Show this year is showing until 29th September in the The Salon des Refusés, The Salon new to the Royal Show Art prize was introduced this year due to the unprecedented number of works entered in the inaugural Perth Royal Art Prize and to showcase more artists.
The Painting:
They Always Bring you Home. Oil on Canvas 60 x 122

This is a stand of wheatbelt timber, we now know is precious and important for sustaining water quality and habitat. For me stands of trees like these have been a safe haven and have always signalled homecoming.

They always bring you home Oil on canvas 60x122 cm ©Nada Murphy
They always bring you home Oil on canvas 60×122

Copyright Nada Murphy © 2018
Photogragh. Stephen Wood.

Environs Kimberley Auction 2018

This event has been a pleasure to be part of this past 6 years

Firstly as I am in very good company

And secondly it is always pleasing too when a work sells.

This puts something in the coffers for Environs Kimberley valuable work

This year my contribution was

Pandanas  Ink on Paper




Residency Wrap up & Exhibition.

5.30- 7.00 pm

29 June 2018

Beverley Station Arts

Vincent Street


I am half way through my third residency at Beverley Station Arts in this small Wheatbelt town just 150 km East of Perth.  My River Project dates from 2013 when I first visited here in late summer.

By the time I returned in 2016 I was able to walk in a dry river bed and at Yen Yenning lakes which also had very little water at the time.  Since then I have  read and researched, as well as visited many time to explore the idea of how the river changed across the seasons. I was particularly keen to learn more about the Noongar seasons and visited following this cycle.

I arrived with a lot of material to collate and wanted time to think through how my project ideas would ultimately be expressed. I already had a collection of more than 20 pieces to show, mostly paintings and a very substantial photographic record to organize.

My time so far has been divided between review & writing, the production of work and domestic tasks.  Walking and continuing to observe have also been essential task as this was mid winter and the river was in her winter phase.

There is a certain joy in hearing the river running and the smell of river water on the move and to see her fog bound some mornings.

It has also been a delight to yarn with folk. Over 5 years some great relationships have formed and I have enjoyed getting to know others.

The Residency will wrap up with a celebration of the work on Friday 29th June at 5.30- 7.00pm here at the Station.