Benjamin Murphy

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Benjamin was born in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, he has been in London for a few years and has lived in Whitechapel for 6 months, where he works as a Artist. He  purposely wanted to make his space lack comfort, so that he would not get sidetracked and be encouraged to relax – his bedroom/workspace is like a life size sketchbook.
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What does your bedroom mean to you?
Solace, creativity, distraction.

Describe your artwork, the technique and the process?
I draw with electrical tape, by cutting, sticking, and cutting again.

How did that technique come about?
I did it when I was drunk once.

How long does it take to complete a picture?
It varies, from a couple of hours to a couple of days.

If you could tape up anywhere, where would it?
All the way up the side of The Shard.
What’s the tooth you’re drawing on, for?
I’m making loads of sculptures of teeth and bones, and I’m going to make it into a hanging mobile for a three person show I’ve got coming up.
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What inspires your creativity?
Classic literature, at the moment E.A.Poe, hence the teeth.

You skate? Where is the most bizarre place you have skated?
Inside an abandoned orphanage. It was a squat in Ilkley that we used to go to parties at back when I was 17.

What’s your favourite colour?
Black.

When are you happiest?
When drawing, with Star Trek on in the background and a strong cup of black coffee.

When did you last cry?
I get welled up at films a lot, but the last time I properly cried was at my best friends Dad’s funeral.

If your bedroom were on fire, what would you save and why? 
My sketchbooks – I’ve been keeping them since I was 16, they are like visual diaries.

What song do you always find yourself going back to?
Notorious Thugs by Notorious B.I.G.

Tell me a joke?
Nigel Farage.

Naked or bedclothes?
Naked. Always naked.
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