Field Notes #4- Winter Walks
Trees at Lough Dan
Patrick Walshe also hosts a spectacular holiday rental cottage at his home and studio one hour from Dublin City, on the edge of Wicklow National Park; an area of outstanding beauty. Winner of the television series . "Home of the Year" 2018 RTE.
Born in Ennis, Co. Clare in 1952, Patrick Walshe has had a long and at times nomadic career as a professional artst. His first showing was 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 moved to New York where he worked and exhibited as part of the "East Village" scene of that era.
In 1986, moving to Los Angeles, he worked and exhibited for a further six years. He has shown his paintings 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 internationally since his return.
His paintings are influenced by a visceral attachent to the landscape. They evolve through 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..
...“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.”
Green Windows - a Summer series 2017