In 2018 Samuel Walsh spent his third artist residency at the Institut fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin, GERMANY. There he started to read Homer's The Odyssey about Odysseus's return to the island of Ithaca after the fall of Troy and his many adventures along the way. This led him to make 10 acrylic gouache on paper drawings in situ and on his return to Ireland he set about making paintings on the same theme. A number of drawings and coloured studies were added in time with subsequent paintings to follow.
The first painting was completed in late 2018 and called Ithaca, the island home of Odysseus (on show at the 189th Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts Summer Show, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, 21st May -10th August 2019). This is the start of Homer's story but the story itself is not chronological and moves backwards and forwards in time and for that reason shows a very contemporary style as a piece of writing. Other paintings have followed in turn and the series is ongoing.
See Gallery page for images under the heading The Odyssey.
-Homer, 'The Odyssey', Oxford World's Classics, translated by G.S. Kirk, 1998.
-Homer, 'The Odyssey', Penguin Classics, tanslated by E.V. Rieu revised D.C.H. Rieu, 2003 (1946).
-Mason, Zachary, 'The Lost Books of the Odyssey', Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2011.
-Dorgan, Theo, 'Greek', The Dedalus Press, 2010.
-Fry, Stephen, 'Mythos', Penguin/Michael Joseph, 2017.
-Atwood, Margaret, 'The Penelopiad', Canongate Books, 2018 (2005).