TJ Walsh


Drawing/Painting

Artist's Biography

TJ Walsh, BFA, MA (b. 1985) is a: Painter, Art and Higher Education Administrator, Mental Health Professional.

TJ received his BFA Graphic Design/Painting, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Received his MA in Counseling Psychology at Eastern University, Saint Davids, PA.

TJ writes and speaks about topics of art, culture, faith and mental health. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. He is on the faculty at Eastern University in the graduate school's Counseling Psychology department teaching Personality and Psychosocial Assessment and Psychopathology.

Artist's Statement

TJ’s work focuses on depicting hidden conversations that course through the undercurrent of our minds, unconsciously giving form to who we are as human beings. I work fast, letting my emotion and intuition drive the painting. It is through this process that I hope beauty reveals itself.

For other artists, beauty is revealed through striving for technical perfection. These artists desire to make any sign of the human creator disappear. For me, the opposite is true. I want my hand to be very evident in the work for it’s the human experience, the struggle, the failures, the successes, which is most beautiful to me.

The process of creating is an intimate practice. Art making is a meditative, reflective, physical, emotional and spiritual practice. Creating something that comes out of ourselves, releasing part of us into the world to be experienced by others is something that many people in our culture do not experience. This intimate practice of pulling from within and connecting with the deepest parts of our beings is beautiful because it’s natural, pure and uninhibited. It’s being human on one of its most raw levels.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2013
Deep Dive, The Gryphon, Wayne, PA

2011
Listening, American Bible Society, New York, NY

Group
2013
2013 Member Exhibition: Inliquid, PPAC, Second State Press, Ice Box Project Space and Grey Area, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

JustART, CIVA Annual Conference Exhibition, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

The View from Deliverance, Blick Art Materials, Philadelphia, PA

Art Unleashed, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Featured, Burlap and Bean Coffee, Newtown Square, PA

Evidence of Things Unseen, The Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, PA

The Faces of uArts, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

DAS:BAM, 1616 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Making It, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2013
Tighe, Samantha, "‘Art Unleashed’ Showcases Work By Two Delco Artists," Delaware County News Network, Tuesday, April 02, 2013

2012
"INLIQUID: An Artist's Acts of Worship, Communication and Charity," Flying Kite Media, October 2012

2011
Evans, Elrena, "A Conversation with Two Artists," Uncover the Word: American Bible Studies, November 2011

2010
Deshano, Troy, “Odorifous: TJ Walsh,” Strong Odors, May 2010

Professional Experience

Designer, American Bible Society, New York, NY

Professional Affiliations

Board President, Stand Up. Demand Action (SUDA)

Alumni Council Member, University of the Arts

Member, AIGA

Member, InLiquid

Member, CIVA

Exhibitions Curated

2012
Advent, The Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, PA

Other

2013
InLIquid Benefit v.13, Ice Box Project Space, Phildalphia, PA

Publications

2013
Walsh, TJ, "Finding Beauty through the Practice of Creating: An Artist’s Reflection," Transpositions, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, April 24, 2013

2011
Martin, Gail A., Eliu Cornielle, Malorie Tull, Timoth J. Walsh, Jr, You Will Dance, American Bible Society/She’s My Sister, New York, NY

Collections

American Bible Society, New York, NY
Gail A. Martin, Haverford, PA
Sarah and Nathan Friend, Allentown, PA
Sharon L. Sacks, Haverford, PA

Education

2016
Eastern University, St. Davids, PA
MA, Counseling Psychology

2007
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Graphic Design