A N N W A L S H
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Working within the traditions of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Color Field Painting, Ann Walsh continues to push the conventions of painting through her exploration of materials, formats and dimensionality.
In the 1980s, Ann Walsh innovated a technique by pouring acrylic paint in reverse to create sheets of color for her two- and three-dimensional pictures. Since that time, Walsh’s focus has been on creating freestanding and three-dimensional paintings consisting of simple, nested bands of saturated, high key color. Initially, Walsh poured acrylic paint to create sheets of color for her two- and three-dimensional pictures. In 2003, the artist started using industrial pre-colored vinyl as a more direct way to explore color relationships. In the vinyl, she discovered a more readily available source of color than her own labor-intensive poured sheets.
In the studio, three or four colors are arranged in very simple, focused compositions. Avoiding perfect ratios, the artist adjusts proportions, color and line until they “work.” The compositions’ smooth surfaces and geometric appearance naturally compel us to seek order. The viewer becomes aware that the widths of color are not precisely ordered and that their subtle interactions and considered placements have emotive and spatial power.
Walsh strives for clarity and completeness in her work, a kind of rigorous color logic.
“It’s about the chance to play with visual directness, experiment with form as pure expression – you’ve got to feel it working,” she says, echoing her friend, the critic Clement Greenberg, who stated, “Feeling is all.” (1952)
Ann Walsh lives and works in New York City.