We will return to the AAF Milan at Superstudio Piu on Via Tortona in Milan on January 25th 2019 for the fifth year. Each year Henry Walsh has a sellout show. We asked Henry to elaborate about his work and why he thinks he’s received so well in Milan.
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. ”