John Murphy has thirty years experience as a professional woodcarver and sculptor.
He designs and makes figurative, wildlife and decorative carvings, working predominately in
a wide range of native hardwoods, using a variety of surface textures and finishes.
The main focus of Johns work is figurative, drawing inspiration from the natural world and
the human form.
He has completed commissioned work for individuals, groups, churches and local authorities
and has shown his work in solo exhibitions and in group shows locally, in the U.K. and
John has taught art, woodcarving and sculpture at second and third level colleges in Dublin
and Kerry. For many years he was a woodcarving tutor on Adult Education courses.
John organised and taught woodcarving workshops at Arts Festivals in Kerry.
He supervised the public participation in the carving of a leaping Salmon and an Eagle at a
number of the Festivals.
John also runs woodcarving courses at his workshop in Tralee.
He is a registered craftworker with the Crafts Council of Ireland and chairman of the Kerry
chapter of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild.