Tom Murphy (born 1949) is an English artist who is best known for his bronze sculptures.
Tom is a self-taught artist, starting his artistic career initially as a hobby and moved quickly to an intense period of self-study, mastering a range of techniques in many art disciplines. Now his work is known all over the world since creating the iconic statue of John Lennon at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport which was unveiled jointly on 15 March 2002, by Cherie Blair QC and John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. He was to return to the airport on 25 July 2002, where he introduced the statue to HM Queen Elizabeth II just before the Queen officially opened the new terminal building.
His sculptures of Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock, commissioned by Merseytravel are sited at Lime Street Railway Station, Liverpool. His bronze statue of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson was erected in front of the railway station in St George’s Square, Huddersfield (Wilson’s home town). It was unveiled by Prime Minister Tony Blair in the presence of Wilson’s widow, Mary, in 1997.
Though best known for his large sculptures, he has always maintained his interest in a wide range of art disciplines and sectors. An accomplished painter, he has been commissioned to paint many key Merseyside figures including the official retirement portrait of Mr John Moores.