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Dave Walsh


Artist Statement

My goal is to investigate how altering the perspective of landscapes can question and undermine the power inherit in the single viewpoint. In confronting ecological crisis, there is a great deal of unlearning to do. The individualism of romanticism is uncapable of confronting climate catastrophe. Ecological awareness needs enlarged perspectives, multiple points of data and the ability to see information and perceive the world simultaneously.

My process begins with fieldwork in national parks, wilderness areas and recreation areas where viewing landscape becomes a leisure activity. The paintings are translations of these on-site observations framed by a history of recreation, imperialism and aesthetics.

These large works celebrate a history of things rarely imaged or acknowledged as part of the pictorial landscape tradition. Roads, parking lots and architecture often exist outside the captured image. In my work, I reinterpret the devices of landscape imagery to re-situate them into contemporary life. Sites once imaged through singular points of view need to be re-imaged through multiple perspectives.

My paintings present a way of seeing that acknowledges the history and cultural constructions regarding nature and landscape. The large-scale paintings and drawings facilitate the act of seeing landscape through the body. The paintings create multiple horizons, floating and fragmenting into a groundlessness. The paintings force the background to come to the foreground.

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Dave Walsh's Portfolio

Dave Walsh, South Rim(Grand Canyon), Oil on Canvas, 74
Dave Walsh, Dear Mary Coulter, Oil on Canvas 57
Dave Walsh, Grizzly Giant, Oil on Canvas, 72
Dave Walsht, Oil on Canvas, 2018
Dave Walsh, Cubic Feet, Oil on Canvas, 57
Dave Walsh, Hetch Hetchy, Oil on Canvas, 66
Dave Walsh, Wildfire at Big Trees Lodge, Oil on Canvas, 54
Dave Walsh, Beach Facilities, Graphite on Paper, 38
Dave Walsh, Mather Point, Graphite on Paper, 38
Dave Walsh, Room with a View, Graphite on Paper, 38

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Artist Biography

Dave Walsh is a painter who lives and works in Philadelphia. His work investigates the facilitation of American landscapes mythologies through infrastructure and architecture. He received his B.F.A from Tyler School of Art and his M.F.A from Yale School of Art. He was a 2105-16 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He currently teaches painting and drawing at Villanova University and Tyler School of Art.



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