In an age dominated by the digital image, Welch cherishes the physicality of the human touch with work that is a testament to the meaning and potency of painting. When he is looking for material, it’s not so much about the content as to how to handle the material to evoke an emotional response. Our emotions make us human. His paintings wait mutely – patiently – for the viewer to animate them. A dynamic, intimate encounter between painting and observer.
Lee Welch completed an MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. He is the National College of Art and Design Studio Artist for 2020-21 and was recently awarded a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Welch’s work has been featured in numerous institutions including Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; MUSAC, León, Spain and Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp. His paintings are in private and public collections such as The Hugh Lane and the OPW - State Art Collection.