Alan Walsh

At home with This York­shire­man is em­brac­ing the coun­try life­style, cows and all

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Af­ter ca­reer highs in London and Los An­ge­les, artist Alan Walsh was look­ing g for some peace and quiet in Aus­tralia so o the hunt was on for a coun­try abode.

The North York­shire­man has found just that in the South­ern High­lands in a 1930s home sur­rounded by lush gar­dens.

“My fi­ancee Emily found the place on the in­ter­net and my par­ents had come out from York­shire at the time so they all saw it — and d fell in love with it,” he says.

Alan’s work is also flour­ish­ing in the South­ern High­lands, where he has just opened a gallery in Bowral.

“This is a good artist com­mu­nity — we are find­ing quite a group of beau­ti­ful peo­ple who have found their way from Syd­ney. It’s a re­ally y friendly place,” says Alan.

The farm­house, which was ren­o­vated just prior to them mov­ing in, sits on 5ha of land and is sur­rounded by trees.

“The cows came with the prop­erty,” he says. “The farmer asked me if we’d mind look­ing af­ter them, and now they are part of the fam­ily. I didn’t think I would have been say­ing that a year ago.”

The cou­ple is hap­pily en­sconced in their new home, but plans are in place to turn the dou­ble garage into a screen print­ing stu­dio, and turn Emily’s dream of a horse arena on the grounds into a re­al­ity.

“The last five years I have trav­elled so much around my work and have lived out of a suit­case, so it’s lovely to have a proper place to call home,” Alan says.

“You can never un­der­es­ti­mate the pos­i­tive ef­fect that can have on you. It’s so nice to sit on the deck and have a cup of tea and not see a sin­gle aero­plane or bus go past.”

Le Creuset

All our new kitchen­ware is from Le Creuset, it’s my favourite brand at the mo­ment. The kitchen has some mod­ern touches, but it’s a clas­sic farm­house, which is lovely.

Art books

I have many books. Bernard Ville­mot and Andy Warhol are two of my art in­spi­ra­tions and idols. Many hours have been spent look­ing through these.

Mul­berry di­ary

I’m old school and like to write things down. With a mem­ory like mine I’d be lost with­out it.

Mon­key

This is the first present I was given when I was born. He went ev­ery­where with me when I was a lit­tle boy. He’s been a great lis­tener over the years.

Lamp

This lamp has lived in a few houses with me over the years. I love to col­lect vin­tage lamps and this was the first I bought.

1930s farm­house in Bun­danoon with his fi­ance Emily Shep­hard

This art rep­re­sents a re­fresh for us. It’s a girl on a horse, which takes me back to York­shire and my child­hood, but this is the new adult chap­ter of my life

An­tiques mixed with bright pop screen prints to in­ject some colour and vi­brancy

Af­ter trav­el­ling so much, it’s lovely to have a proper place to call home.

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