Michael Murphy is an American artist, sculptor and pioneer of the Perceptual Art movement. Murphy became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election, after creating the first portrait of candidate Barack Obama in 2007 that influenced thousands of artists to contribute to the “Art for Obama” movement, documented in Shepard Fairey’s book Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change.

His approach is to challenge the viewer’s boundaries using multidimensional techniques in order to create three-dimensional renderings of flat images. His inventions of “Expanded Graphics”, the “3D Halftone” and “Suspended Narrative Mobiles” have established an entirely new formula for rendering images.

His work has been featured in numerous publications including TIME Magazine and New York Magazine and can be seen in numerous permanent installations around the world. His client list includes some of the largest brands in the world including Google, Nike, The Jordan Brand, LG, Lexus, Subaru, The Big Ten Network, ESPN, Disney, and the Atlanta Hawks to name a few. One of his pieces, COME TOGETHER, is currently touring with an art instalation show known as “Point of View” hosted by Wonderspaces.

3 words to describe Nature?

Inspiring. Rejuvenating. Essential.

3 things Nature taught you?

The beauty of light.

The rewards associated with being present and observant.

How important it is to be a good steward of the earth.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

The woods in the backyard where I grew up in Ohio. I built this great treehouse and spent countless hours up in the tree looking over the trees. It was especially magnificent in the fall.

Mill Creek Park in Ohio where I spent much of my childhood hiking and exploring.

Central Park.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel…?


When you see a forest, it makes you feel…?


When you see a volcano, it makes you feel…?


When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel…?

Like I’ve been up too late. No really it makes me appreciate the beauty of the earth and its relationship to the sun 

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel…?

Excited. I love thunder and lightning. As a child my family and I would always gather on our porch to watch thunder storms. It’s one of my most fond childhood memories.

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel…?

I get a rush of excited from strong winds. 

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Oceans, mountains, and forest.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?


Share with us a childhood nature memory?

When I was a child I used to lie on my back in the grass and watch the clouds roll by searching for naturally occurring images. This is the inspiration for much of my work. To date I’ve spent hundreds of hours filming and photographing clouds.