When Fine Art Consultancy visited the Milan AAF in 2015, the most popular artist we showed was the British artist Henry Walsh.
We sold all the paintings on the stand by the third day of the fair so we are delighted that he has created a new body of work for us for our visit to the Milan fair from 17th-20th March this year.
When asked to comment about his fascinating paintings of tiny people, which are often painted in microscopic detail on paper and the cut and collage onto a canvas with their shadows then directly painted on the canvas, Henry elaborates:
“ Amidst the hustle and bustle of concrete life, it is a fundamental need of a sane society to be able to stop once in a while and wander from the routine, lift our heads and look at the sky or take in our regular surroundings with new eyes. My work begins with snapshots of busy city life and by a process of elimination I refocus the image on elements that encapsulate a sober thoughtfulness.
Sitting on the top deck of a London bus, I let my mind stroll over the lives of the people on the street, they obtain new life stories; I’m placing myself in their shoes and forming a reason for my being in that place at that time, doing whatever they’re doing. I have a wandering empathy for the imaginary lives of strangers. ”