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Joseph Walsh

 


 

"I believe we can enhance the quality of our lives by surrounding ourselves with objects that possess values beyond their function or aesthetic, that possess intelligence in their creation, that one can interact with and that will stimulate senses each and every time one engages with them.”

 

Joseph Walsh (born in 1979) founded his studio and workshop in 1999 in Co. Cork, Ireland. He is a designer maker, realising One-of-a-Kind and limited edition pieces. Walsh’s creative approach reflects his appreciation of nature and also his desire to engage the user with visual and tactile forms.

 

The great understanding and sympathetic use of the material, the intimate relationship between the process of finding forms and creating structures, and the continuity and resolve from the concept stage to the making process define his studio and work today. Walsh's workshop, employing an international team, engages in resolving technical challenges as his work becomes more complex. They explore new materials while continuing to further the possibilities of engaging with wood. The work of the Studio continues to advance skills, inspire an innovative response and challenge existing practice in achieving the ambitious pieces realised.

 

Joseph Walsh was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University College Cork in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to design.

 

Joseph Walsh’s work can be found in many significant international Museum and Private Collections and is regularly exhibited at major art and design fairs.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2014

Solo Exhibition, The Roche Court Educational Trust, New Art Centre, UK

2011

ENIGNUM and other stories, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2008

Realisations, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Masterworks, Long House Reserve, East Hampton, New York

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

2015

Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK

2014

Design Show: Joseph Walsh, Daniel Naude and Johannes Nagel, Artist House, The Roche Court Educational Trust, New Art Centre, UK

Collective 2, May, Skylight at Moynihan Station, NY, USA

FOG: Design & Art, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, January, San Francisco, USA

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, USA

2013

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, October – January 2014, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Cheongju International Craft Biennale, September – October, Cheongju, South Korea

Modern Makers, September – December, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK

COLLECT, May, Claire Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, March - September, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA

2012

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, , Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte North, Carolina, USA

COLLECT, Claire Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Salone del Mobile, Nilufar Gallery at Palazzo Durini, Milan, Italy

Wallpaper Handmade at Palazzo Brioni, Milan, Italy

Design Days Dubai, Nilufar Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Dubh; dialogues in black, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2011

SuperDesign, Nilufar Gallery, The Dairy, London, UK

Black & White, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Design Miami / Basel, Nilufar Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

Pavillon des Art et du Design, Nilufar Gallery, Paris, France

Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

COLLECT, Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2010

MATERIAL Poetry, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA

Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

Pavilion of Art & Design, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, London, UK

Design Miami, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, Florida, USA

2009

Pavilion of Art & Design, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, London, UK

Grassimesse, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany

Design Miami / Basel, Cristina Grajales Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2008

SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA

Ecology, Mythology, Technology, Farmleigh House, Dublin, Ireland

2007

SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA

Contemporary Irish Decorative Objects & Furniture, La Gallerie SEMA, Paris, France

2006

Collectors Event, National Craft Gallery, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland

SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA

2005

Create 2005, Fota House, Co. Cork, Ireland

2004

2000 – 2004 Review, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

2003

Create 2003, Fota House, Co. Cork, Ireland

2002

A Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Thristestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

 

 

Permanent Collections

Centre de Pompidou, Paris, France

Permanent Collection Cooper HewittProduct Design and Decorative Arts Collection, New York, USA

The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, Bakewell, UK

Embassy of Japan, Dublin, Ireland

John H. Bryan Collection, Illinois, USA

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History Collection, Dublin, Ireland

Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, North Caroline, USA

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry, Ireland

Rafael Vinoly, Private Collection, Uruguay

 

 

Lectures and Talks

2015

Art Out Loud: Literary Festival, Chatsworth

2012

Joseph Walsh: In Conversation Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte North, Carolina, USA

2009

Realisations. A Reflection on 10 Years of MakingThe National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

2008

Materiality and ConstructionHarvard University, Graduate School of Design, Boston, USA

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