Andrew Walsh Portland artist Andrew Walsh is a self-described steelworker who carves steel, as opposed to blacksmithing it. From large scale sculptural structures to more delicate functional forms he works with a range of materials. The most unique of these is his ‘secret recipe’ manipulation of bull kelp, an annual sea plant found dead on local beaches, from which he creates unique functional bowl and illuminated forms using sand-made moulds
With a Diploma of Fine Art, Sculpture and Printmaking, and a boiler-maker by trade, Andrew’s work reflects both artistic and industrial elements. He is beyond adept at steel fabrication, contributing to the intricate detailing of his work. Driven by both his creative spirit and a strong commitment to community, Andrew’s work can be seen in sculptural fences, a church altar, private gates and public art collaborations, both permanent and ephemeral, as well as his own diverse collection.
He has contributed to numerous festivals, including Melbourne Fringe, Geelong Bay, Port Fairy Folk and the Upwelling in Portland, as well as solo and group exhibitions. His participation as a feature artist for TRAILS 2021 will be a sculptural work resulting from workshops engaging children and youth.