Sandy Murphy is a contemporary Scottish artist and was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1956. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1976 until 1980, when he graduated with an honours degree. He completed a teacher training course and taught in Ayrshire schools until 1985. At this point he took the decision to paint professionally, full time.
Since turning his back on teaching, he has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries across Scotland and England. These include Roger Billcliffe Fine Art Gallery, Glasgow, Panter and Hall, London, Waterford Gallery, Hale, Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Thompsons Gallery, London, John Davies Fine Art, Stow-on-the-Wold. Other galleries in which he has exhibited include Flying Colours, London, Frames Gallery, Perth, Lemon Tree Gallery, Cornwall and Walker Gallery, Harrogate.
He was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW) in 1996, the Royal Glasgow Institue of the Fine Arts (RGI) in 2000 and the Paisley Art Institute (PAI) in 2010.