Owen Walsh (artist)

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Owen Walsh (1933–2002) was born in Wesport, Mayo County, Ireland.

He studied at the National College of Art (now the National College of Art and Design) in Dublin, where he received major awards for painting and composition.

In 1954 he won the first Royal Hibernian Academy Scholarship in Art - the MacAuley Fellowship - and went to Spain in 1955, working and studying in Madrid, Toledo and Barcelona.

In 1959, he founded, with others, The Independent Artists' Exhibition (IAE) in opposition to the Living Art Group and the RHA.

He refused the offer of associate academician at the RHA in 1960 and resigned as chairman of the IAE in the same year. After a sojourn in France from 1967-1970, he returned to Ireland where he continued to work until his death in Dublin in 2002.

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