Ed Walsh

Reflection and Resonance

Excerpt from “Solitude” by Ed Walsh, Acrylic 2019

Artist Statement

I enjoy capturing a moment—not exactly, but as my impressions guide me.  There’s much about Provincetown that fills me with awe each day.  I feel truly blessed to live here as I do; surrounded by creative opportunity.  Our unique town, with its interplay of light, color, and textures constantly provides me with ideas for paintings.  Doing justice to all this on a two-dimensional surface is a continuous challenge.

Bio

Ed Walsh grew up in Boston, attended Catholic University in Washington DC as an undergraduate, and received his Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He studied the Philosophy of Art with Paul Weiss and painting with Franny Golden, Rob Longley, Mary Giammarrino, Cynthia Packard, as well as Cedric and Joannette Egeli. 

Studies in China, Japan, and Italy have expanded Ed’s appreciation for the wide-ranging potential of color and light.  He has an interest in architecture, and years of sailing have fostered a strong love of the sea. He often reflects these passions in his work, typically painting with acrylic. His subjects range from portraiture to abstraction.  His love for the Provincetown seascape has him returning often to the interplay of light and ocean for which the town is famous. Whenever possible, he paints the view from sea to land.

His first visit to Provincetown was in 1954, and he has made a home there since 1987. The town, its architecture, landscape, people, and most of all, its incomparable light, have never ceased to work their magic.  He finds inspiration in the shadows and shapes of his garden, as well as the ever-changing moods of Cape Cod Bay.

He currently divides his time between Provincetown and South Beach.

Shows and Collections

Ed is honored to show his work at the Cortile Gallery located at 230 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  A curated presentation of works shown there can be found by clicking here. Local exhibits include the Fine Arts Work Center along with the  Provincetown Art Association and Museum. 

His work can be found in private collections in Provincetown, Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York City,  and Washington D.C. as well as France and Canada. 

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“…WITH PAINTING, YOU SET YOUR OWN PACE.  WHEN I’M WORKING WITH A PAINTING, IT’S TAKING ME SOMEWHERE.  I SEE LATER, WHEN I EXAMINE THE PAINTING, MY MOODS. “  
   
–Ed Walsh as quoted in the Wall Street Journal – 10/25/2011