College Art Collection
COLLEGE ART COLLECTION
AT A RECEPTION ON THE EVENING OF 8TH DECEMBER 2015 IN THE CREATIVE ARTS & DIGITAL LEARNING CENTRE TWO PICTURES, BY THE LATE OWEN WALSH (CLASS OF 1950) WERE PRESENTED TO THE COLLEGE BY MEMBERS OF THE WALSH FAMILY.
TOM NASH, COMMUNITY, CAROLINE MULLAN, ARCHIVES AND ANNRAOI WYER, HEAD OF ART WERE PRESENT TO RECEIVE THE WORKS ON BEHALF OF THE COLLEGE.
MR BRENDAN WALSH (CLASS OF 1960) AND FORMER COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE UNION INSTIGATED THE PRESENTATION.
EILEEN O MARA WALSH WITH HER SON EOGHAN PRESENTED THE PICTURES.
OWEN WALSH (1933–2002)
Final Year Blackrock College: 1950
Born: Westport, Mayo County
Owen studied at the National College of Art in Dublin, where he received major awards for painting. In 1954 he won the first Royal Hibernian Academy Scholarship in Art – the MacAuley Fellowship – and went to Spain in 1955, working and studying in Madrid, Toledo and Barcelona.
In 1959, he founded, with others, The Independent Artists’ Exhibition.
The two works presented to the College include a study of a West of Ireland figure and a print representing an example of the Artist’s strong use of colour.
Both pictures are on temporary display in the Creative Arts & Digital Learning Centre for a short period prior to more permanent display in the College Collection.
A fully-illustrated Catalogue of the Artist’s work was also presented for use in the Creative Arts & Digital Learning Centre.