Samuel was born in Wimbledon, London in 1951. Both his parents were Irish: his mother from Limerick, his father from Ennis. He was educated in London until 1968 and also in Limerick at Villiers Secondary School. He initially lived in Limerick but since 1990 has lived and worked in Co. Clare. He studied at the Limerick School of Art and subsequently took an MA in Fine Art (Painting) at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He also holds a NUI Diploma in Philosophy from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1997 and served as a Toscaireacht from 2007-2009. He is the founder of the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing that hangs in the Limerick City Gallery of Art.
He has had solo shows with the Oliver Dowling Gallery, (1983/1985/1988/1991/1992), the Rubicon Gallery (1996/1999/2002), Hillsboro Fine Art (2007/2012), and the Ashford Gallery (2007), all in Dublin. He has also had solo exhibitions in Cork, Limerick, Ennis, and Carlow. He held one-man shows at Foundation Binz39, Scoul-Nairs, Switzerland in 1990 and Galerie B, Pont-Aven, France in 2002. Major one-man shows of his work were exhibited at the Limerick City Gallery of Art in 1989 and 2003. A selection of his drawings from 1982-2000 was shown at University College Cork in 2000. A selection of small works on paper from 1982-2002 was shown at the Hunt Museum, Limerick in 2003 and he showed paintings completed from 2003-2009 at the same venue in 2010. In November 2007, Walsh exhibited a major body of work based on Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy at the Limerick City Gallery of Art part of which travelled to France in 2008. It was shown in its entirety again at the Triskel @ ESB: Caroline St., Cork in 2010. A major show of paintings entitled ‘The Coercion of Substance’ was exhibited at VISUAL, Carlow in September 2011 and then travelled to the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co Louth and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal in 2012. He completed new drawings over the period of the year 2012, based on The Seasons and made for the Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin that was shown in 2013. He will exhibit ‘New Paintings and Some Drawings’ at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co Clare in 2014.
He has been a constant exhibitor with the Royal Hibernian Academy since 1982.
His international career is extensive and he has earned a considerable reputation for his work in Europe. He has represented Ireland many times in exhibitions abroad including the USA, Estonia, France, Sweden, Canada, Slovenia, China, Singapore, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Belgium. His work has represented Ireland in international drawing exhibitions in Poland, Hungary, Norway, France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Australia, Greece, Thailand, and England.
Walsh’s work has been acquired by national collections in Hungary, England, Croatia, Italy, and Switzerland. He is in many Irish public collections including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Arts Council, National Collection of Contemporary Drawing, Limerick; National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick; Contemporary Irish Art Society, Department of Foreign Affairs, Aer Rianta, Dublin Airport; Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Limerick City Gallery of Art, ABN Amro Bank Group, Dublin; UL, UCD, DCU, UCC, & TCD; The Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Dublin, Limerick County Council, RTĒ Limerick, County Collection, Ennis, Co. Clare; Crawford Gallery, Cork; Dundalk Institute of Technology, Co. Louth; The John Hunt Collection, Dublin Castle, National Concert Hall, Dublin; Aer Cap, Shannon, Co Clare, and the Office of Public Works.
Sam will hold his first solo exhibition with Oliver Sears Gallery in 2014.
Artist's Website: www.samuelwalsh.com