Painter, draughtsman and teacher, born in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. He studied at Leicester Polytechnic, 1972–3; Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, 1973–6; and Birmingham Polytechnic, 1976–7; then worked in a timber yard in St Neots. During the 1980s Murfin participated in Artist in School schemes in Cambridgeshire and nearby counties, in 1983 gaining a major award from Eastern Arts Association. In 1990 he was visiting lecturer at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and artist-in-resident at Oundle School. Murfin was a realistic painter with a wide range of subjects who took part in many mixed showed, including Tolly Cobbold/Eastern Arts 2nd National Exhibition, 1979; 2nd International Drawings Triennale, Nuremberg, Germany, 1982; Drawings for All, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 1986; and British Council touring show Picture People, 1989–90.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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