Nov 16, 2023 - Sale 2653

Sale 2653 - Lot 271

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
Second Scene.

Acrylic on canvas, 2010. 1220x1220 mm; 40x40 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, verso and signed, dated, and titled in ink on the stretcher, verso.

Provenance: Private collection, New York.

Walsh (born 1960) was born into a large family in Philadelphia and now lives and works in New York. Growing up in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Walsh lived in proximity to the Barnes Foundation, where he first learned about art and art history. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art and received his Master's degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in New York, originally supporting himself as an electrician. Known for his deliberate geometric patterned paintings on canvas, Walsh has credited the influence of artists Donald Judd (1928-1994), Barnett Newman (1905-1970), and Robert Ryman (1930-2019) for his eventual arrival at geometric abstraction in the 1990s. In Walsh's freehand process, requiring mastery of color theory and control, he builds up shapes and colors to culminate in a visual and unexpected journey for both the artist and viewer, akin to Tibetan mandalas. His expansive and additive process separates him from the Minimalist reductive tradition. Walsh's paintings demand attention and concentration, and he compounds their enveloping and meditative power by displaying them level with the viewer. Walsh is also a printmaker, sculptor, and on a more intimate scale, has created several artist books. His works are held internationally in numerous important private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2019 Walsh was the subject of a retrospective at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, co-organized by the Jan van Eyck Academie.