Ted Walsh

Born in 1984 and raised in southern New Jersey, Ted Walsh currently lives in Philadelphia.  In 2008 he graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ with a BA in Fine Art, and in 2011 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with an MFA.  He exhibits often in the North Eastern United States, most often in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and has work in private collections throughout the US as well as in Mexico and Sweden.  Ted works primarily in a contemporary vein of the American Realist tradition; painting and drawing both landscapes and figures.  Throughout his work, the elements of place, memory, environment, and history are important. Often starting on a dark warm ground, I paint, in oil, with both direct and indirect methods to make my pictures.  The paintings explore form and use of paint and, on a semi-narrative/representational level, they explore meanings in our everyday lives.  The act of making paintings is both physical and conceptual.  It allows me to discover and define the world around me while simultaneously building scenes and creating places of my own. I use painting as a way of thinking, as a way of understanding the world.  Often a spark of an idea from an outside source – a story told by a friend, a bit of family history, a scene passing by the car window, the way the evening light hits the wall of a building – ignites, in my mind, questions, ruminations, and imaginations on a broader level.  The ways we live. Why we do the things we do and act in the ways that we act.  Where do we come from? Where are we going?  The people we meet, and the things we see everyday, by chance and by intention, all have their own stories.  I am interested in what these stories are and where they overlap. I use painting as a way to look for these stories, and when I can’t find them I invent my own.  Often this leads to scenes of moments of strange pause.  Scenes where forms may line up in a peculiar way, or images may come to represent a feeling or a puzzlement as to what has happened, or what is about to happen.  The process of making paintings in this way, to me, is a productive way to reconcile the gap between the outside world and the thoughts I have about this world.