John Walsh

For background on the artist and works, see below.

Current Works

About the Artist

Born 1954 in Tolaga Bay, John Walsh is of Aitanga a Hauiti and New Zealand Irish descent. Although largely self-taught, he studied art at Ilam, Canterbury University in 1973-74.
After many years primarily exhibiting around his home region of Gisborne and Eastland, John Walsh had his first major solo exhibition when he was nearly 40 years old, and quickly established a reputation for a mythical realism, founded in the landscape but often featuring mythological figures questing within, moving through or above the land.
Walsh rose quickly to prominence, with works on an increasingly large scale. Often his works are in response to contemporary incidents, with a subtle thread of underlying humour, or more serious issues to do with human connection with the land, also influenced by Maori mythology, incorporating ancestral and legendary figures.

Recent Works

We currently have three works by John Walsh in the stockroom. Two stunning major paintings completed in 2012 originated in a trip to Fiordland in 2010 with three other artists at the invitation of documentary maker Peta Carey, to film their artistic responses to the places visited by Captain James Cook and painter William Hodges. Both paintings are underpinned by the artist’s anger at proposals for mining, dams and fracking in this fragile environment, hence the titles No-one’s Here, It’s Ours – also suggesting the response of Cook and the colonial powers to it – and Power Station.

Recently John Walsh created a new etching & aquatint for the National Whale Centre; his first work in this medium, a beautiful expressive piece. All proceeds go to the establishment of a National Whale Centre in Picton.

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