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'Flights of Fancy' at Cultúrlann Sweeney

5 July 2021

An exhibition by Sean Walsh titled 'Flights of Fancy' is on display at Cultúrlann Sweeney Gallery, Kilkee, County Care, from 5th-31st July, 2021.

Painting of a bird

Since many of Sean’s recent works feature birds, it seemed appropriate to title this exhibition “Flights of Fancy”. Considering that birds are the present day descendants of dinosaurs it is remarkable that the beauty of form and colour that they display seem to have won the day.

Sean’s aim in these works, as always, is to align these attributes within the geometric structures that are ever present in nature.

Sean works in different mediums, including stained glass, crushed stone, low relief carving, acrylics and pastels. Sean follows the method he describes as “working from the inside out”. Starting with no pre-conceived subject matter Sean commences by marking the canvas with simple lines, choosing carefully the placement of the resulting shapes in order to satisfy his design instinct. The purpose of this approach is to arrive at a point where the framework can stand as an abstract composition in its own right or be developed further into a semi-abstract depiction of a recognisable activity or object.

Sean Walsh is a contemporary artist living and working in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. He graduated from NCAD and worked as an art teacher from 1967 to 2004 at St Ailbe’s School in Tipperary Town. From 2004 to the present he has exhibited at the following venues:

  • Airfield Trust, Dublin
  • Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin
  • St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel
  • Clonmel Library
  • Quay Co-op, Cork
  • Excel Arts Centre, Tipperary
  • The Craft Granary, Cahir
  • The Gallery Café, Gort
  • Leixlip Library
  • Cultúrlann Sweeney Gallery, Kilkee
  • Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock
  • Cashel Library.

For further information / interviews please contact: Sean Walsh, Artist. Email

Page last reviewed: 11/07/21

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