Samuel Walsh was born in 1951. He studied at Limerick School of Art, Mary Immaculate College of Education, and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1997 and has served as a Toscaire three times. He is in the words of Róisin Kennedy the art historian: ‘…one of the country’s leading exponents of abstract art…’
Since 1978 he has had many one-person exhibitions in Ireland the latest in February-April 2018 entitled ‘Segment & Apple Drawings’, at the Hunt Museum, Limerick. He has also had one-person shows in Switzerland and France. He held a joint show entitled ‘Buzz & Hum’ with Richard Gorman at Limerick City Gallery of Art in 2017 which travelled to Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre in 2018. In September 2011 he held an exhibition of paintings entitled: ‘The Coercion of Substance’, at VISUAL, Carlow that toured to Drogheda and Letterkenny in 2012. He has had two-person shows with Michael Warren, Michael Fitzharris, Liam Flynn, and the aforementioned Richard Gorman. He is represented in Ireland by: The Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth St., Dublin 2. (www.oliversearsgallery.com).
He won the Savills Prize at the VUE Contemporary Art Fair, Dublin in 2017.
He has shown his work in numerous Irish group shows and has been a regular exhibitor with the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts since 1982. He was included in ‘From Edge to Edge: 100 Years of County Clare Art’, at Glór, Ennis, Co Clare in 2016-17. He first showed in the 246th Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2014. His work has been exhibited extensively in England, Slovenia, France, Germany, Hungary, USA, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Croatia, Canada, China, Singapore, Italy, Slovakia, Australia, Hong Kong, Norway, France, Greece, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. He is one of Ireland’s leading draughtsmen and his drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Work by him has been acquired by national collections in England, Switzerland, Hungary, Croatia, and Italy and his work is in many public collections in Ireland including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Office of Public Works, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Clare County Council, and the Arts Council. (see also: www.samuelwalsh.com).
He has undertaken artists’ residencies in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, and the USA as well as Ireland. He is the founder of the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing, which hangs in the Limerick City Gallery of Art. He lives in Co Clare where he also has his studio.
Ref: ‘Art & Architecture of Ireland’, Volume V, 20th Century Art and Artists’, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin/Yale University Press, USA, 2014.