Michael Walsh is an American sculptor born in 1974 in Pittsburgh, PA. He has lived throughout North America and presently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a catalyst, igniting a continual discourse on the history of metal sculpture and modern industrial and digital processes. As a pioneer of the graffiti sculpture movement, he has worked diligently over the past two decades to develop both his work and the movement’s forward trajectory. His work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, selected examples include: The International Sculpture Conference 2016, Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh PA ); National Archaeological Museum (Florence IT), Burning Man (Black Rock City NV); and Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto ON). His work is both part of private collections and on permanent public display. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, MakeZine, The Toronto Star, Graffiti World (Nicholas Ganz), and in The History of American Graffiti (Gastman/Neelon).

STATEMENT FROM THE ARTIST

My practice is centered around the forward progression of my aesthetic. I am on the artists’ journey of discovery, the forever student. My self study of art history, architecture, and design merge with my roots in graffiti art to create a unique visual language that can traverse from medium to medium. My vocabulary is contour, form, process, innovation, and dynamic movement. Through a stream of conscious and unconscious decisions my inner dialogue renders finished works. My process of channeling music is intrinsic to all of my work; it acts as a catalyst connecting emotions and rhythms, transforming them into form and composition. By engaging in both tactile and digital mediums it is my goal to make the art of my time.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • Upcoming Opportunity Aqua Art Fair
    Represented by: The Mine Factory | December
  • Legends Thursday Group Exhibition
    Legacy Glass Works, Minneapolis MN | June
  • Pittsburgh International Airport
    Through the Office of Public Art Pittsburgh | April – July
  • World’s Fair Nano
    San Francisco CA | January

2016

  • The International Sculpture Conference
    Carrie Furnace National Historic Site | October
  • Keeping It Green Curated By: Jessica Beck
    Indiana University Of Pennsylvania | October
  • Associated Artists Of Pittsburgh Juried Group Exhibition
    The Carnegie Museum Of Art | May 2016 – August 2016
  • Three Rivers Art Festival Juried Exhibition | May
  • Maker Faire Bay Area | May
  • Teapots Invitational Group Exhibition
    Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh PA | April
  • Intersection-Dissection-Connection, Solo Exhibition
    Box Heart, Pittsburgh PA | March

2015

  • The Cosmic Carousel
    M0Xie, Oakland CA
  • Interactive Monument Scale Kinetic Sculpture On Exhibition Through 2016
  • The Transposed Tactile
    William Patterson University, Wayne NJ
  • Group Exhibition Featuring Robotic Carved Sculptures
    From The Digital Stone Project, Italy
    Selected Feature Artists: Helena Lukasova, Michael Rees, Mary Neubaer, And Xinggang Wang

2014

  • Rock Stars
    The National Archaeological Museum | Florence, Italy
    Selected feature artists: Lauren Ewing, Mary Neubauer, Helena Lukasova, Robert Michael Smith, Jon Isherwood, Michael Rees, Xinggang Wang
  • Sculpture, A Group Show
    Richmond Arts Center, Richmond CA
  • Digital Stone Project Group Exhibition
    MUSA, Pietrasanta, Italy
    Selected feature artists: Lauren Ewing, Mary Neubauer, Helena Lukasova, Robert Michael Smith, Jon Isherwood, Michael Rees, Xinggang Wang
  • Emerge Art Fair, Washington DC
    Represented by KiloWatt Gallery, Newark NJ

2013

  • Flow Follow Flow
    Rupert Ravens Next, Patterson NJ
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    Selected feature Artists YaYoi Kusama, Doyle c. Huge, and Yoko Ono
  • Fountain Art Fair
    Amory Week New York, New York City, NY
    Represented by KiloWatt Gallery Newark, NJ

2012

  • Fountain Art Fair
    Art Basel Week, Miami FL
    Represented by KiloWatt Gallery, Newark NJ
  • It’s A Long Way To The Top, If You Want To Rock ‘n Roll
    Solo Exhibition Gallery Four, Pittsburgh PA
  • The Cosmic Carousel
    Burning Man 2012, Black Rock NV
    Exhibition Of Interactive, Kinetic Monument Scale Sculpture
  • It’s A Long Way To The Top
    1AM Gallery, San Francisco CA
    Two Person Exhibition Also Featuring The Work of Sean Barton
  • Oakland Indie Awards
    Henry J. Kaiser Center, Oakland CA
  • Solo Exhibition
    Breeze Block, Portland OR
  • Fountain New York
    Armory Week New York, New York City NY
    Represented by KiloWatt Gallery, Newark NJ
  • Diamonds in the Rough
    American Steel Studios, Oakland CA

2011

  • Coming Full Circle, Solo Exhibition
    The Gallery Four, Pittsburgh PA

2010

  • Abracadabra
    Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood FL

2009

  • Eat Your Heart Out
    Easy Street Gallery (Art Basel Week), Miami FL
  • Fuerza Bruta
    Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami FL
    Presented multiple sculptures including “Steel Column” commissioned for the event
  • Culture Kings
    Culture Kings Gallery, Miami FL

2008

  • Metal
    Ramapo College of New Jersey, New Jersey NY
    Selected feature artists: Louise Bourgeois, Lynda Benglis, Mel Edwards
  • ULTD
    1110 Queen Street W, Toronto Ontario, Canada
    Selected feature artist: Kwest
  • Hot Metal
    Space Exhibition Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
    Selected feature artists: Kenneth Patrick Payne, Gavin Kenyon, Michael Dominick

2005

  • Static Free
    Space Exhibition Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
    Selected feature Artists: Boris Tellegen “Delta”, Steven Powers, Calma, Maya Hayuk, Other
  • Expropriated Logic
    Arrow Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

2004

  • Graffiti World Group Show
    Go Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2003

  • Walsh/Mackeen Group Exhibit
    Here and Now Gallery, Toronto Ontario, Canada

2002

  • H.Y.P.E 2
    The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Ontario, Canada
  • T.H.E.M. Group Exhibit
    160 Spadina Avenue, Toronto Ontario, Canada

2001

  • Diversity
    Thirteenth Floor Gallery, Chicago IL
  • The New Face of Steel
    Horizons Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

2000

  • R/evolution
    Horizons Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
  • Flux
    5100 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
  • Out For Fame
    Transart Gallery, Montral Quebec, Canada
    Group exhibition, Selected feature artists: Zilon, Other, Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper
  • Horizons Gallery Inaugural Group Exhibition

1997

  • Building Bridges for Tomorrow
    The Turmoil Room, Pittsburgh PA

SELECTED COMMISSIONS & DONATIONS

  • Bike Rack Commission
    Awarded By: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 2017
    Piece to be on Permanent Exhibition in the Cultural District Pittsburgh PA
  • Geyserville CA Sculpture Trail
    March 2013
    Jury Selected “Steel S Curve”, 1 year Exhibition Period
  • Abracadabra
    Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood FL
    Donation Off Untitled Sculpture For Annual Fundraising Event
  • Steel Column
    March 2009
    Commissioned for: Fuerza Bruta
    Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami FL
  • Dining for Diaspora Annual Fundraiser
    September 2008
    Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Donation of Sculpture
  • Primitive Rhythm
    October 2001
    Walnut Street Grill, Commissioned for Permanent Display
  • The Gateway
    June 2001
    5149, Unveiled as part of the Carnegie Museums International Sculpture Conference honoring “Nam June Paik”, collaborative stainless steel public sculptures were commissioned for permanent display by the City of Pittsburgh and Friendship Development Associates. Funded by the City of Pittsburgh Public Arts Commission
  • United Way’s Day of Caring
    October 2000
    Boulevard of the Allies and Forbes Avenue, Painted Collaborative Mixed Medium Mural Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, The United Way, and The Oakland Business Improvement District, as Part Of An Ongoing Urban Renewal Project.

SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • The Kiski Award 2017 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
    Presented by: S Kent Rockwell Foundation Trustee Kris Rockwell
  • Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015
    Cast Metals and Mold making Presentation
    Funding Support:
    The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and Buhl Foundation
  • The Cosmic Carousel
    Funding Support:
    Kickstarter
    Private Donor: Carolyn Woods
    Debuted At Burning Man 2012 project on going
  • Static Free Exhibition Space
    Pittsburgh PA 2006 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Jackson Clark Partners acted as primary Fiduciary
    Funding Support:
    Corporate sponsors to include Red Bull, Scion, American Eagle, PBR A W Mellon Foundation
    Sprout Fund
    Multicultural Arts Initiative Green House Grant
  • The Gateway 2001 Stainless Steel Monument
    Scale Sculptures on permanent exhibition at 5150 and 5149 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh PA
    Funded Support:
    City of Pittsburgh public art program

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