Object Description

This sinuous free form sculpture has grown from a lifetime of observation and fascination with the natural world and in Lilium we witness in particular, an innate appreciation of the bulb which, as Joseph Walsh has remarked, is both “a vessel and vassal to determined intent”. From a simple controlled spherical symmetry bursts forth a voluptuous meandering growth “influenced only by time and circumstance”. Joseph has explained his exploration of the form as “both a study and an expression of the relationship between the beauty we create and the beauty we allow to happen; the beauty we participate in creating and the beauty we quietly, humbly observe”.

Joseph’s work has evolved in an instinctive progression from the Enignum series where the flowing curves of the designs were necessarily constrained by the requirements of the furniture – a seat must bear a body and a table offer a level surface. In this body of work – the Lilium series – the artist has allowed himself the freedom of truly exquisite creation.

All images by Andrew Bradley

Selected Commissions and Collections:
Pompidou Centre, Paris ‘Enignum XV Shelf’
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York ‘Enignum Free Form Chair’
The National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History Collection, Dublin, Ireland Embassy of Japan, Dublin, Ireland Duke of Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, England The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA John H Bryan Collection, Illinois, USA Paul Stuart, Madison Avenue, New York, USA Dr. Murray Frum and Nancy Lockhart Collection, Toronto, Canada.

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions:
2016 Design Miami, Miami Beach, US
2016 PAD, Peter Petrou, London
2014 Two Masters: Tajan Auction House, Paris 7 to 21 September
2014 Magnus Celestii at The Artist House, Roche Court UK
2013 Masterpiece, Peter Petrou London
2013 Modern Makers: Chatsworth House UK, September 18 to December 23
2013 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
2012 Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte North, Carolina, USA COLLECT, Claire Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK Salone del Mobile, Nilufar Gallery at Palazzo Durini, Milan, Italy Wallpaper Handmade at Palazzo Brioni, Milan, Italy
Design Days Dubai, Nilufar Gallery, Dubai, UAE Dubh; dialogues in black, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2011 SuperDesign, Nilufar Gallery, The Dairy, London, UK Black & White, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Design Miami Basel, Nilufar Gallery, Basel, Switzerland Pavillon des Art et du Design, Nilufar Gallery, Paris, France Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
COLLECT, Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2010 MATERIAL poetry, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland Pavilion of Art & Design, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, London, UK Design Miami, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, Florida, USA
2009 Pavilion of Art & Design, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, London, UK Grassimesse, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany Design Miami / Basel, Cristina Grajales Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2008 Realisations, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA
SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA Ecology, Mythology, Technology, Farmleigh House, Dublin, Ireland
2007 SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA Contemporary Irish Decorative Objects & Furniture, La Gallerie SEMA, Paris, France
2006 Collectors Event, National Craft Gallery, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland
SOFA, The National Craft Gallery, Chicago, USA
2005 Create 2005, Fota House, Co. Cork, Ireland
2004 2000 – 2004 Review, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2003 Create 2003, Fota House, Co. Cork, Ireland
2002 A Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Thristestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

Object Literature

Look Forward by Joseph Walsh pub 2016
Joseph Walsh Enignum and other stories pub. Oliver Sears Gallery 2011
Dubh/Dialogues In Black pub. Studio practice 2011

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