Samuel Walsh was born in Wimbledon, London in 1951. He studied at the Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT and subsequently took an MA in Fine Art (Painting) at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He also holds a NUI Diploma in Philosophy from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1997. His international career is extensive and he has earned a considerable reputation for his work in Europe. His work derives from brief, fleeting looks at situations or things as he passes through the world. The work starts with small, thumb-nail sketches, from old master paintings in museums to crowds of people at a concert or wedding, ideas generated by passages in a book, and of geographical spaces or architecture or anything really that takes his eye. He is in many Irish public collections including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council, Department of Foreign Affairs, Aer Rianta, Dublin Airport; Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Limerick City Gallery of Art, Trinity College Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin.