Psychomachia

An exhibition by the 2018 Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist, Ben Walsh

12 – 17 NOVEMBER, 10am-4pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Cost: Free

The term ‘Psychomachia’, translated as the ‘Soul War’, refers to the medieval allegory from the 5th century poet Prudentius. This term formed the basis Walsh’s studio practice over the last year. This style leans toward dark surrealism using both realistic figurative painting and abstracted elements and ideas that distort the figure, creating a uniquely unsettling but beautiful image.

Engaging with themes of choice, desire and fear, Walsh seeks to create work that snares the viewer delivering them to a point of divergence whereby the imagery and themes presented within the works themselves will trigger the exploration of thought, as well as push people to explore and consider other views and perspectives within often ignored or supressed subject matters.

Having done small shows in community halls in 2015 and 2016, Walsh’s first major project occurred in 2018 in a joint NAS and NIDA installation project named “The Path”, in the same year he was awarded the Hornsby Emerging Artist Prize.

Opening night

When: Friday 15 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
Cost: Attendance is free, registration essential.

Artist Talk

Join Ben for an artist talk about his creative journey.

When: Sunday 7 November, 2pm-3pm
Where: The Verandah Gallery, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
Cost: Free. Reservations Preferred.

Ben Walsh – Psychomachia – Photo credit: Ben Walsh