Selected works by Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh
Red Diptych II


acrylic on canvas

Overall dimensions: 182.9 x 370.8 cm
Dan Walsh’s large scale paintings exude a quirky brand of minimalism. In Red Diptych II Walsh presents two canvases of grid patterns contrived of the same palette: the left panel comprised of solid blocks, the right of concentric tiles. Using the multiplicity of this geometric form, Walsh’s paintings construct a phantasmal architecture: their componentised repetition suggests infinite expansion, each square mesmerising with the hypnotising glow of electric transmission. Creating optical illusions of gravity and weightlessness, Walsh’s paired canvases alternate in their perspectival deception as their flat surfaces appear to advance and recede simultaneously.
Dan Walsh


acrylic on canvas

177.8 x 177.8 cm

Dan Walsh’s work resounds with an understated authority. Painted with a pristine delicacy, Walsh’s Arrangement uses the solidity of the chequered composition to create an abstracted sense of space. Divided by a liminal grid of translucent dark lines, his squares are bordered with concentrated bands of intense warm colour, weighted at their bases with striations of steely blue. Rendered by hand, Walsh’s geometric composition waivers with faint imperfection: Seemingly straight edges subtly bow and warp with undulating movement, creating a tessellated field of reverberant disorientation.

Dan Walsh


acrylic on canvas

139.7 x 228.6 cm

Rendered in brown, black, and white, the patterning in Walsh’s Auditorium is reminiscent of ancient Grecian pottery in its colouration and geometric motifs, and the bands around the edges give the effect of an architectural floor plan with the linear borders and rounded rectangles suggesting stairs and columns or chambers. Walsh uses the authority of these classical references to engage with ideas of visual purity. Painted entirely freehand, without the use of a ruler or masking tape, the graphic perfection of his composition is conceived as subjective perception, as the asymmetrical layout defies spatial logic and the subtle idiosyncrasies of Walsh’s brush marks infuse design archetype with the friability of human negotiation.

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Dan Walsh from the Paula Cooper Gallery on artnet
Additional information on Dan Walsh - Dan Walsh byJoan Waltemath
In Dan Walsh’s current exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, large-scale canvases are hung mostly below eye level. - Dan Walsh at Paula Cooperby Roger Boyce
The main gallery of Paula Cooper's ground-floor Chelsea space resembles a grand museum chamber. This impression was abetted by Dan Walsh's low-slung, monumentally horizontal paintings.
The sensitivity to place in Dan Walsh’s muted, minimal paintings is surprisingly reminiscent of the way that Fra Angelico created murals for the private cells in the San Marco monastery.
Dan Walsh
The evolution of Walsh's works, from the early 1990s to the present, has led him to abandon the concept of the "ideal" in abstract painting, which in the history of art is always somehow connected with a "psychological condition", in an attempt to give greater "weight" and "gravity" to his paintings, making them become less and less "transcendent" and more corporeal.
Born in 1960 in Philadelphia, Dan Walsh studied at Philadelphia College of Art and Hunter College in New York. He lives and works in New York.

The exhibition features five large colored acrylics, almost monochromes in which the recurring use of a sort of alphabet composed of simple geometric figures like squares, rectangles and lines creates abstract, minimal compositions that establish a dialogue with one another. - Dan Walsh at Paula Cooperby Eleanor Heartney
Geometric abstraction has moved from Mondrian's utopia to Peter Halley's dystopia, with stops along the way for Agnes Martin's delicate transcendence and Ellsworth Kelly's bold decorativeness. In these quirky paintings, Dan Walsh blasts away any shreds of high seriousness that might still cling to this tradition.
Dan Walsh – images and opinions on his work
Dan Walsh – Recycling
Dan Walsh, an American artist born in Philadelphia in 1960 and living in New York since 1983, became known in the early 90s through a group of abstract paintings which followed a path different from that of the "appropriationist" work of the precedent generation.

New York artist Dan Walsh has recently made his name known with large, brightly colored acrylic on canvas paintings that are hung low to the ground and filled with imperfect geometric shapes.
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