Artist: Michael Walsh SGFA
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Michael Walsh SGFA
Professional Artist & Sessional Tutor
Fine Drawing and Painting (including Portraits),
Presentation Bindings and Calligraphy
'Dorbay’ 179 Cuxton Road, Rochester, Kent. ME2 2NJ
About The Artist
Born in what was the British Protectorate of Aden in South Yemen in 1955. The love of painting, drawing and the beauty of the written word has dominated my life. My professional career began in corporate design leading to exhibition and interior design, culminating in my own design practice in the early eighties.
The spiritual aspect of humanity is a strong influence in my life, and as a result I entered the Benedictine monastery of Quarr Abbey for several years, where I was introduced to bookbinding and the restoration of books. Since leaving monasticism I have continued to develop fine painting, calligraphy and bookbinding.
The love of blending colour and texture in painting, the use of line in drawing, the beauty of the written word in calligraphy and the three dimensional aspect of bookbinding, bring together elements that compliment each other well.
The majority of my work is through commissions, supported by solo and joint exhibitions.
Varied Fine Art Painting & Drawing Categories
These include Architectural, Garden, Botanical, Portraiture and General - The selection on this site gives an indication of the varied work of the artist. More can be seen on his two websites (see the links above).
Reference for my work is either from life, photographs or a combination of both, whichever the occasion demands. Often many commissions are gifts and therefore a surprise, or maybe circumstances do not permit, so working with the subject matter is not all ways possible. In such cases a selection of images of the same subject is always a great help.
I use various media; oils, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, inks and pencil (monochrome). I enjoy texture in my work wherever possible along with detail and tend to be traditional in my approach. Commissions for some clients have been strongly impressionist and or using vivid colour allowing freedom in colour and form.
Small prints of Farnham and bird prints for children are available from The Frame Centre in Downing Street, Farnham. A collection of Limited-Edition Orchid Prints is also available. Initially, please go to walshsands.com and then contact me.
I cover all the major disciplines and a range of subject matter. Apart from sessional teaching, I am more than happy to give workshops and demonstrations to groups and societies.
The Society of Graphic Fine Art (The Drawing Society)