A Desert Flowers
This series of paintings, with its theme of being witness to a journey of healing, was created in 2014. It is an expression of the helplessness of the one who can only watch. This series has been donated as a fundraising benefit to The Marie Keating Foundation and its work with cancer survivors.Portals and Landscapes
An Exhibition at Art Hub,Abu Dhabi June 2014
84 Orchard Street, New York, October 2015
Patrick Walshe has had a long and varied career as a professional painter going back to his first show with Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin in 1978. At the height of economic gloom in 1982, Walshe moved to New York where he worked and exhibited in the East Village scene of that era, later moving to Los Angeles where he lived for a further six years. He has exhibited widely in the U.S. over many years. He moved back to Ireland in 1993 via a circuitous route that took in India, Indonesia and several African countries. He lives with his family in the Wicklow Mountains and has had several exhibitions both in Ireland and abroad 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.
He works mainly in oils on silver leaf applied as a ground to the surface on which he then paints. He explains this as a reaction to our obsession with shiny screens. In adding an extra dimension and mood by interlacing translucency with opacity, the paintings change as a parallax depending on the angle of inclination and the lighting in which they are viewed. There is a richness of colour and an intensity and tension in these paintings.
The Nocturne Vigil and recent paintings 2016
An Exhibition - opening 8th Dec Origin Gallery 37 Fitzwilliam Street Upper Dublin2