Berry Campbell is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by James Walsh. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 5 from 6 to 8 pm.
An abstract painter who has been an active member of the New York art scene since the early 1980s, James Walsh follows in the modernist tradition of Pollock in using art to reveal its own properties. Paint is the medium he relentlessly explores, seeking its limits and what it can express. The results of his inquiry are spectacularly wide ranging. Experimenting with innovative acrylic formulas, he uses paint in entirely new ways. In his paintings, large masses of pigment project outward from the surface of the canvas, creating unusual shape formations in high relief. In some, the paint is sculptural and three-dimensional, while in others, it rises from richly treated surfaces in the Color Field mode, as if allowed to buckle of its own accord or lift upward at the edges of giant brushstrokes. Although Walsh makes these compositional choices, the spontaneous appearance gives his paintings a feeling of the accidental, revealing that the paint has its own presence.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, James Walsh received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University and his Masters of Fine Art from Syracuse University. Walsh has had numerous individual and group shows and is represented in numerous museum collections including the Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada; the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon.
James Walsh is represented by Berry Campbell. The exhibition will run through Thursday, July 3, 2014. Berry Campbell is located in the heart of Chelsea at 530 W 24th Street on the ground floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm or by appointment.