Joseph Walsh

Ire­land / New York ex­hi­bi­tion

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Joseph Walsh (born in 1979) founded his Stu­dio and work­shop in 1999 in County Cork, Ire­land. He is a de­signer maker, re­al­iz­ing One-of-a-Kind and lim­ited edi­tion pieces. Walsh’s cre­ative ap­proach re­flects his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture and also his de­sire to en­gage the user with vis­ual and tac­tile forms. The great un­der­stand­ing and sym­pa­thetic use of the ma­te­rial, the in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship be­tween the process of find­ing forms and cre­at­ing struc­tures, and the con­ti­nu­ity and re­solve from the con­cept stage to the mak­ing process de­fine his Stu­dio and work today. Walsh's work­shop, em­ploy­ing an in­ter­na­tional team, en­gages in re­solv­ing tech­ni­cal chal­lenges as his work be­comes more com­plex. They ex­plore new ma­te­ri­als while con­tin­u­ing to fur­ther the pos­si­bil­i­ties of en­gag­ing with wood. The work of the Stu­dio con­tin­ues to ad­vance skills, in­spire an in­no­va­tive re­sponse and chal­lenge ex­ist­ing prac­tices in achiev­ing the am­bi­tious pieces re­al­ized. Joseph Walsh was awarded an Honorary Doc­tor­ate by Univer­sity Col­lege Cork in 2015 in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to de­sign. Joseph Walsh’s work can be found in many sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional Mu­se­ums and Pri­vate Col­lec­tions and is reg­u­larly ex­hib­ited at ma­jor art and de­sign fairs. Joseph Walsh es­tab­lished his Stu­dio in 1999 on his fam­ily’s farm, a 18th cen­tury agri­cul­tural con­cern on which the orig­i­nal Walsh Farm­house still stands. His in­nate re­la­tion­ship with land­scape and ru­ral life dic­tated by the sea­sons con­tin­ues to in­form Walsh’s re­sponse to na­ture, to his con­sid­er­a­tion of the ef­fect of the en­vi­ron­ment on ma­te­ri­als which fires his imag­i­na­tion, in­spir­ing his unique cre­ations. Joseph Walsh re­cently opened its “Re­veal” ex­hi­bi­tion, a unique op­por­tu­nity to view im­por­tant un­seen works and pri­vate com­mis­sions, as well as some of the Stu­dio's past work, typ­i­cally des­tined for col­lec­tors' pri­vate res­i­dences. The ex­hi­bi­tion has been held at Amer­i­can Ir­ish His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety (AIHS), lo­cated on Man­hat­tan’s Mu­seum Mile, and in­cludes a se­lec­tion of free form chairs, part of a col­lec­tion of 24 in­di­vid­ual and unique chairs de­vel­oped for Chatsworth House's pri­vate din­ing room, a be­spoke watch cabi­net and seat cre­ated for the pri­vate col­lec­tion of a father and his son, as well as a se­ries of scale mod­els and sketches of Walsh's re­cent com­mis­sion for the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land, a 7-me­ter high pub­lic sculp­ture com­mis­sioned by the Of­fice of Pub­lic Works (OPW) on be­half of the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land un­der the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

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