Palimpsest - a Series
40 x 40cm oils on silver leaf and canvas
Art being what it is, Patrick Walshe also hosts a spectacular holiday rental cottage at his home and studio in the Wicklow Mountains one hour from Dublin City, on the edge of the National Park; an area of outstanding beauty.
Born in Ennis in 1952, Patrick Walshe has had a long and at times nomadic career as a professional painter going back to his first showing with The Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin in 1978.
He was educated at Glenstal Abbey and Trinity College Dublin.
At the height of Ireland's economic gloom in 1982, Patrick Walshe decamped to New York where he worked and exhibited as part of the East Village scene of that era.
In 1986 he moved to Los Angeles where he lived and worked for a further six years. He has exhibited widely in the U.S. over thirty years. He moved back to Ireland in 1993 via a circuitous route that took in India, Indonesia and several African countries and now lives with his family in the Wicklow Mountains.He has had numerous exhibitions both in Ireland and overseas since his return.
His paintings are influenced by an intense love of the landscape. They evolve from realism to abstraction and back again, and are a distillation of the emotional, the colourful and the joyful response of an enthusiast for life’s voyage. He is intrigued by the Shamanistic ritual of applying paint that stretches back 30,000 years; the connection to the ineluctable forces of creativity that seem to have compelled people to make marks on surfaces since the earliest sentient times.
“Painting is, like music, the point of intersection between conscious craft and unconscious inspiration ; a perplexing process to articulate with clarity but an all absorbing one for the painter.”
Patrick works mainly in oils on silver leaf which is applied as a ground to the surface on which he then paints. He explains this process - “ In adding an extra dimension by interlacing translucency with opacity on a silver leaf ground, the paintings create a parallax depending on the angle of observation and the lighting in which they are viewed.”