Born in Ennis, in the West of Ireland in 1952, Patrick Walshe has had a long and at times nomadic career as a professional painter going back to his first exhibition with Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin in 1978.
He was educated at Glenstal Abbey, Limerick and Trinity College Dublin. At the height of Ireland's economic gloom in 1982, Patrick Walshe met his wife Rosalind and decamped to New York where they lived in Brooklyn and exhibited as part of the East Village scene of that era,
In 1986 they moved to Los Angeles where he lived for a further six years. He has exhibited widely in the U.S. over thirty years. He returned to Ireland in 1993 via India, Nepal and Indonesia.
He now lives with his family in the Wicklow Mountains, South of Dublin city. He has had numerous exhibitions both in Ireland and overseas since his return.
His paintings are influenced by an intense love of the landscape and his emotional approach produces both abstract and highly realistic light infused paintings. They are a reflection of a deep observation of the seasonal weather, light and natural events experienced enthusiastically and spiritually by daily walking through the Irish countryside.“Painting is, like music, the point of intersection between conscious craft and unconscious inspiration, a perplexing process to articulate with any clarity but an all absorbing one for the painter. I find myself in a perpetual state of uncertainty with my work until that moment when the end point reveals itself and there is no more to be done.”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 dimensional parallax depending on the angle of observation and the lighting in which they are viewed.”