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Alexander DeWitt Walsh

Born:
1947

Biography

Walsh attended the Art Students League, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Hammersmith College of Art in London. Since 1963 he has held a variety of art-related jobs, including director of the gallery of the Artists Association of Nantucket. In his paintings and drawings Walsh explores the whimsy of childhood. He sets children's toys into domestic interiors in which carpet textures, moldings, and other architectural details are precisely rendered. Placed in otherwise empty spaces the tiny toys—boats, soldiers, cable cars—reflect the simplicity and distillation of elements typical of the Japanese woodblocks that Walsh admires.

Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)