The near-legendary Paul Murphy has a show opening on 3 April at the cheeky Transition Gallery in Hackney (London’s Brooklyn). Transition hit the headlines a few weeks ago as home of notorious pole dancer-painter Stella Vine, set for international stardom since Charles Saatchi bought her small primitivist painting of
Jade from Big Brother Princess Diana for £600. Murphy’s show is called APU150 and features 150 drawings of Apu, the convenience store owner from The Simpsons.
The show is rumoured to climax with a huge laser projection of a naked Apu as Mephistopheles inside the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. A plan to moor the terrifying, three hundred-foot, lottery-funded ‘Apu Blimp’ to the roof of the London Assembly has been shelved pending a safety review by the Mayor’s Office. Murphy may be twice the age of most of the trendy young artists currently making waves in the top Thames-side galleries but I’m confident he’ll be able to smoothly follow Vine onto the international stage if he can stay off the gargle for long enough (Paul, take this picture to the opening for recognition purposes. You never know).