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JAY MURPHY, IN MEMORIUM

Updated: May 6



Jay’s Sculpture, Owl Exultation 2

Beloved local artist Jay Scott Murphy (70) passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 14, 2024, in Red Bluff, California. He was raised in Redding but lived in Red Bluff where he shared his art for many years.  Jay, his art and his humble manner will be deeply missed by his friends in the art community. 


Jay's art was an important constant thread that ran through his entire adult life.  His primary interest was an emphasis on abstract paintings and sculptures.


Jay had a passion about being out in nature. His abstract art reflected that along with his imagination as he wove together the forces of nature and different cultures into his works. He endeavored to place a life force into his art pieces and capture the energy of his subjects. 


Jay often held open tours of his sculpture and art in his home studio, sharing his style and knowledge.  He was known for the ceramic sculptures he “raku” fired outdoors. They were unique and became prized possessions of local art lovers. 


In his retirement, Jay purchased a beautiful piece of property above Paskenta where he planted an abundance of trees with the goal of creating a park. Watering and nurturing his trees with his dog was his greatest joy and meditation.


On behalf of the local art community, the Tehama County Arts Council wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to Jay's beloved partner of 22 years, Elizabeth Brown and to his daughter Lauren Murphy.


The North Valley Art League will feature Jay’s art and a celebration of his life on Friday, September 6th, 5-8 p.m., at the Carter House Gallery in Redding. Jay’s wish was for friends to plant a tree in his memory.




Jay’s abstract painting of his daughter Lauren in a school play.



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