A Passing Stillness
A Nomadic Life
Art Hub,Abu Dhabi, June 2014
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.
He is also often available on request for art discussions, local insights, walks, drives, guidance and even possibly a meal from his family kitchen. Please ask for details and costs. All negotiable and bespoke to your interests. Please contact in advance. email@example.com
Patrick Walshe has had a long and at times nomadic career as a professional painter going back to his first showing with Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin in 1978. At the height of Ireland's economic gloom in 1982, Walshe decamped to New York where he worked and exhibited in the East Village scene of that era; later moving to Los Angeles in 1986 where he lived 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. He 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. They are a distillation of the emotional, the colourful and the joyful response of an enthusiast for life’s permutations. Walshe 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 flat surfaces since the earliest sentient times. It is, like music, the point of intersection between the conscious craft and the unconscious inspiration ; a perplexing process to articulate with clarity.
He works mainly in oils on silver leaf applied as a ground to the surface on which he then paints. He explains this process as a reaction to our obsession with shiny screens. In adding an extra dimension by interlacing translucency with opacity, the paintings posess a parallax depending on the angle of observation and the lighting in which they are viewed. His search is to express the feelings of "inscape" as described by Gerard Manly Hopkins.