After the rain comes the sun, after the rain comes a deep breath of new air. Birds take flight and stretch their wings; freedom, hope and reflection.
Henry Walsh's new paintings begin with moments of every day life, sometimes featuring solitary individuals, groups or even crowds of people. His process of working removes these figures from any context of time or location. The exhibition title After the Rain captures one of these moments and, like many of his painting titles, the meaning is left open to interpretation like a half told story.
Whatever the narratives behind the imagery, Walsh’s work seems to captivate viewers through a basic human curiosity of other people. We all like people watching to some extent, wondering what others are doing, saying or thinking, picking out the clues that might answer our desire to know.
In several works there is a sense of shared purpose; groups of people all walking in the same direction carrying suitcases or searching in the ground for something. But devoid of any setting in time or place where they are going to, what they are carrying, or looking for, all remains a tantalising mystery.
Born in 1978 in Norwich, England, Henry studied art at Ipswich College in Suffolk, and then Loughborough University in Leicestershire. In 2011 he moved to live in the Peak District. He is now a freelance artist & designer. Henry continues to exhibit regularly in group and solo exhibitions in London, New York, Scandinavia and Northwest England.