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Over the Top
Patrick Walshe
by Jim Shore “A picture is worth a thousand words” There is obvious truth in that old adage. So, trying to describe an artist and his art is a difficult task. I’d like to take a stab at it by presenting, to you, a short interpretation of the works of an exceptionally gifted artist. Viewing the works of Patrick Walshe is an exciting study of contrasts. The transition from realism to the suggestive abstraction is seamless. One is drawn into the painting by the depth of the sometimes dark and brooding, or by contrast, the light and airy backgrounds, filled with hope and anticipation. His strokes are sometimes applied with delicate, complex, and realistic precision. Other times, the desired effects are achieved with bold shocking slashes of exciting color. It’s with fascination that one views Patrick’s works up close because it is then that you realize you are looking at color and shape applied in the abstract. However, the real genius of Patrick Walshe emerges as you step back and view the art at a distance. This is when the subjects begin to emerge. You are no longer looking at random strokes but rather the emergence of forest, fields, sky, sea, and sunlight reflecting off pools and rivulets. Sometimes storm clouds are gathering or morning light is peeking through the mist. Equally moving is the emotional effects of Patrick’s art. The scenes and circumstances found in the painting invariably create a scene of anticipation and curiosity. While most artists attempt to lead the viewer’s eye back into the paintings, Patrick, on the other hand, makes you want to explore. You’ll want to know what’s around the corner, what’s on the other side of that hill, what will I find if I walk to the other side of this forest, what will the sunlight feel like and how will the air smell. There is so much more to be said, but I’ll leave those discoveries up to you.

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