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A unique meandering, sinuous sculpture by Joseph Walsh
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Ireland 2014 By Joseph Walsh This sinuous free form sculpture has grown from a lifetime of observation and fascination with the natural world and in Lilium we witness in particular, an innate appreciation of the bulb which, as Joseph Walsh has remarked, is both "a vessel and vassal to determined intent". From a simple controlled spherical symmetry bursts forth a voluptuous meandering growth "influenced only by time and circumstance". Joseph has explained his exploration of the form as "both a study and an expression of the relationship between the beauty we create and the beauty we allow to happen; the beauty we participate in creating and the beauty we quietly, humbly observe". Joseph's work has evolved in an instinctive progression from the Enignum series where the flowing curves of the designs were necessarily constrained by the requirements of the furniture - a seat must bear a body and a table offer a level surface. In this body of work - the Lilium series - the artist has allowed himself the freedom of truly exquisite creation. All images copywrite Andrew Bradley Selected Commissions and Collections: Pompidou Centre, Paris 'Enignum XV Shelf' Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York 'Enignum Free Form Chair' The National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History Collection, Dublin, Ireland Embassy of Japan, Dublin, Ireland Duke of Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, England The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA John H Bryan Collection, Illinois, USA Paul Stuart, Madison Avenue, New York, USA Dr. Murray Frum and Nancy Lockhart Collection, Toronto, Canada. Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions: 2017 PAD, Peter Petrou, London 2016 Design Miami, Miami Beach, US 2016 PAD, Peter Petrou, London 2014 Two Masters: Tajan Auction House, Paris 7 to 21 September 2014 Magnus Celestii at The Artist House, Roche Court UK 2013 Masterpiece, Peter Petrou London 2013 Modern Makers: Chatsworth House UK, September 18 to December 23 2013 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, 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 Realisations, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA 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 â€“ 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 Lectures and Talks: 2012 Joseph Walsh: In Conversation Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte North, Carolina, USA 2009 Realisations. A Reflection on 10 Years of Making The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland 2008 Materiality and Construction Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Boston, USA Bibliography: Look Forward by Joseph Walsh pub 2016 Joseph Walsh Enignum and other stories pub. Oliver Sears Gallery 2011 Dubh/Dialogues In Black pub. Studio practice 2011 1300
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