Murphy studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before settling in New York where he continues his art practice.
Earlier in his career his practice focused on conceptual painting. His exhibition with WTG in 2002, Landscapes, marked a turning point in his career. At that time he was developing works that could be viewed on line through his website. Also at that time, his digital based work still involving drawing and painting became more prominent.
He states about his work on his website www.lukelab.com:
“I am a systems-based artist whose work is loosely bound by common themes of quantifying elements of the psyche and spirit with a particular interest in the Gnostic gospels, religious paintings, and digital languages – codes and systems to make art. My work of the past few years has been an investigation into the fundamentals of randomness and how it powers digital art, the underlying mechanisms of hope and politics and more broadly our digital age. Seeking the most perfect source of randomness has lead me to to use radioactive decay as the engine to generate random numbers which are then harvested to power art. The sublime unpredictability and profound unknowability of the spontaneous decay of Uranium is translated by his various algorithms into a new sublime, one of information, digital visualization and painting strategies. My work tries to interleave cultural post-atomic anxieties, information culture and the Gnostics’ belief that the world was irrational.
I have been producing and developing work digitally since 1994 although a substantial portion of the work has involved drawing and painting.”
Exhibitions from 2002-2012: on the archived WTG site.