“The energy of growth, combustion, heat and speed.”
JPW3 [AKA Patrick Walsh III] is an American contemporary artist based in Los Angeles. Often working with re-purposed raw materials or by re-engineering and transforming everyday components into art making mediums, his practice feels rooted in energy; its creation, expenditure of or its transference. Capturing the spontaneity and improvisation of the Abstract Expressionists, lines flow dynamic and his mark making retains the kinetic energy of the stroke. Amongst the abstraction, conceptual symbols of combustion, heat and speed appear frequently: Both mechanical (engines, tuning forks and wheels), and then the natural; as roots reach to plug-in off the edges of the canvas, hot fluid wax slows and forms solid, or plants fossilise becoming fuel.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1981, Walsh comes from a circle of artists, writers and curators, who studied together in Chicago in the mid 2000’s. To finish his studies JPW3 went to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where, surrounded by other artists, such as Sayre Gomez, and curator Marc LeBlanc, he developed and launched his artistic practice.Subsequently he has gone on to solo exhibitions with the likes of Night Gallery (LA) and Nagel Draxler (Berlin). His work has been acquired by the likes of the De La Cruz Collection, Miami; Rubell Family Collection and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.