As the title of the exhibition suggests, the artist uses the act of looking at something in a fleeting, perhaps unfocused way to begin the process of making his paintings.
He first sketches in a notepad, the lines that he sees that might form the informal structures of a landscape, a building, an object or a peopled interior. These line drawings are refined and become the network of surface lines that appear in the paintings.
The second part of the process involves the application of colour which may only be a remembered sense rather than a precisely documented representation. Walsh’s work has drawn influence in colour from the hard edge of sixties pop art although, the delicate underpainting and gestural quality of the brushwork lend more to the emotions of the Abstract Expressionists. However Walsh’s paintings have a unique voice and present the viewer with a different way of seeing.