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Dave Walsh

This Land

January 6 – 30, 2021

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Welcome Center   70" x 59"  Oil On Canvas

Welcome Center 

70" x 59"

Oil On Canvas

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South Rim  74" x 84" Oil On Canvas

South Rim 

74" x 84" 

Oil On Canvas

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Circle the Wagon   64" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Circle the Wagon 

64" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Dear Mary Colter  80" x 55"  Oil On Canvas

Dear Mary Colter

80" x 55"

Oil On Canvas

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Skywalk   62" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Skywalk 

62" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Lakeview Room  36" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Lakeview Room

36" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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Restroom   16" x 18"  Oil On Canvas

Restroom (SOLD)

16" x 18"

Oil On Canvas

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Grand Canyon   12" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Grand Canyon 

12" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

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Pioneer Cabin  8" x 10"  Oil On Canvas

Pioneer Cabin (SOLD)

8" x 10"

Oil On Canvas

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California Tree  12' x 12"  Oil On Canvas

California Tree

12' x 12"

Oil On Canvas

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Canyon  10" x 10"   Oil On Canvas

Canyon

10" x 10" 

Oil On Canvas

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Tree and View  12" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Tree and View

12" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

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Tree and Canyon  12" x 12"  Oil On Canvas

Tree and Canyon

12" x 12"

Oil On Canvas

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Right Turn, 15" x 16", Oil On Canvas On Panel

Right Turn

15" x 16"

Oil On Canvas On Panel

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Swerve  15" x 16"  Oil On Canvas On Panel

Swerve

15" x 16"

Oil On Canvas On Panel

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Glen Canyon Dam   13" x 15"  Oil/Canvas On Panel

Glen Canyon Dam 

13" x 15"

Oil/Canvas On Panel 

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Viewfinder  14" x 16"  Oil/Canvas On Panel

Viewfinder

14" x 16"

Oil/Canvas On Panel

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Half Dome Tent  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Half Dome Tent

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

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Lake Powell  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Lake Powell (SOLD)

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

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Restroom View  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Restroom View

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

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Canyon Study   9" x 5"  Oil On Paper

Canyon Study 

9" x 5"

Oil On Paper

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Sequoia Study #1  6" x 8"  Oil On Paper

Sequoia Study #1

6" x 8"

Oil On Paper

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Lakeview  6" x 8"  Oil On Paper

Lakeview

6" x 8"

Oil On Paper

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Sequoia Study #3  6" x 8"  Oil On Paper

Sequoia Study #3

6" x 8"

Oil On Paper

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Welcome Center   70" x 59"  Oil On Canvas

Welcome Center 

70" x 59"

Oil On Canvas

South Rim  74" x 84" Oil On Canvas

South Rim 

74" x 84" 

Oil On Canvas

Circle the Wagon   64" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Circle the Wagon 

64" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

Dear Mary Colter  80" x 55"  Oil On Canvas

Dear Mary Colter

80" x 55"

Oil On Canvas

Skywalk   62" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Skywalk 

62" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

Lakeview Room  36" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Lakeview Room

36" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

Restroom   16" x 18"  Oil On Canvas

Restroom (SOLD)

16" x 18"

Oil On Canvas

Grand Canyon   12" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Grand Canyon 

12" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

Pioneer Cabin  8" x 10"  Oil On Canvas

Pioneer Cabin (SOLD)

8" x 10"

Oil On Canvas

California Tree  12' x 12"  Oil On Canvas

California Tree

12' x 12"

Oil On Canvas

Canyon  10" x 10"   Oil On Canvas

Canyon

10" x 10" 

Oil On Canvas

Tree and View  12" x 16"  Oil On Canvas

Tree and View

12" x 16"

Oil On Canvas

Tree and Canyon  12" x 12"  Oil On Canvas

Tree and Canyon

12" x 12"

Oil On Canvas

Right Turn, 15" x 16", Oil On Canvas On Panel

Right Turn

15" x 16"

Oil On Canvas On Panel

Swerve  15" x 16"  Oil On Canvas On Panel

Swerve

15" x 16"

Oil On Canvas On Panel

Glen Canyon Dam   13" x 15"  Oil/Canvas On Panel

Glen Canyon Dam 

13" x 15"

Oil/Canvas On Panel 

Viewfinder  14" x 16"  Oil/Canvas On Panel

Viewfinder

14" x 16"

Oil/Canvas On Panel

Half Dome Tent  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Half Dome Tent

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

Lake Powell  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Lake Powell (SOLD)

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

Restroom View  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Restroom View

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

Canyon Study   9" x 5"  Oil On Paper

Canyon Study 

9" x 5"

Oil On Paper

Sequoia Study #1  6" x 8"  Oil On Paper

Sequoia Study #1

6" x 8"

Oil On Paper

Lakeview  6" x 8"  Oil On Paper

Lakeview

6" x 8"

Oil On Paper

Sequoia Study #3  6" x 8"  Oil On Paper

Sequoia Study #3

6" x 8"

Oil On Paper

"The compositions are mapped using memory, photographs and found imagery. Leaving behind the rigidity of the grid with its evenly spaced increments, the images reflect a bodily experience of space neglecting traditional perspective. My experience and memories of these sites inform the scale and distance of objects to create a personal geography."

- Dave Walsh

Dear Mary Colter, 80" x 55", Oil On Canvas

Dear Mary Colter, 80" x 55", Oil On Canvas

About the Exhibition

 

Dave Walsh’s monumentally-scaled landscape paintings depict national landmarks, parks and dams. Working from memory, photographs and found imagery, Walsh includes vast, scenic vistas as well as details found in trail maps, advertisements, sidewalks, parking lots, bathrooms and graphic illustrations of the sites. His work conveys more information than one can take in at once, with aerial views of trails, buildings, and bodies of water, that are layered onto frontal depictions of architecture.

 

Each painting is intuitively organized, ignoring landscape traditions of Western art history, such as linear and atmospheric perspective, and the sublime. Walsh replaces historical landscape conventions with his own experiential understanding of these scenes and spaces from a literal, bodily and chronological perspective. These directorial decisions cause the landscapes to flatten, subverting the conventional hierarchy of space and often de-prioritizing the landmarks themselves. 

 

Walsh also manages to manipulate our commonplace perceptions of these iconic places as well as the mythological symbolism they represent in American society. His work invites us to consider the glorification – or as he calls it – “quasi-religious” status of these icons, illustrating his view that the history of the land’s ownership and occupation in North America is not as clean and holy as the gorgeous views might imply. 

 

Dave Walsh lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his B.F.A from Tyler School of Art in 2010 and his M.F.A from Yale School of Art in 2015. He was a 2105-16 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and currently teaches painting and drawing at Villanova University and Tyler School of Art. 

Dave Walsh, Skywalk, Oil On Canvas, 62" x 70"

Skywalk, 62" x 70", Oil On Canvas

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