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Eisenhower-Era Mood Setter

Local architect-turned-artist Michael Murphy's images tip a hat to mid-century design.


If Don Draper were to design a travel brochure for the San Francisco tourism board, the result might well be something pretty close to the work of local (and shockingly contemporary) artist Michael Murphy. Murphy, originally an architect by trade, will be displaying his work at 111 Minna Gallery beginning November 4 in 17 Reasons Why, a mix of design-study paintings and mid-century-vibe prints of San Francisco, L.A., and Palm Springs—think Sinatra, Buicks, and old TWA ads. In fact, the little airplanes on the periphery of Murphy’s prints are an homage to illustrator David Klein, who created those TWA graphics.


Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco 

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