Roxy Walsh

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Studio Practice)
Department Art
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Roxy Walsh

Roxy Walsh makes paintings in watercolour. Her most recent wall paintings are simple geometric shapes whose forms/lines/edges are extraploted from architectual oddities or the light fall in the spaces in which they are made.

The studio work uses, at different times, figurative, symbolic, textual and abstract means. There are diaristic and obscene paintings as well as landscapes, and figures that are mythological and symbolic. The most recent work is, broadly speaking, abstract: concerned with materiality more urgently than with depiction.

Walsh also works with Sally Underwood, a sculptor. Together they make large scale architectural installations where painting and sculptures inhabit and make space for each other. This work develops Walsh’s longstanding interest in how visitors experience work in galleries and museums – how a spatial or textual segue can be used to open up space for reflection. Recent shows have had parallel text works from Anne Enright, George Vasey and Simon Clarke.

Academic qualifications

  • MA Fine Art, Manchester Polytechnic 1986
  • BA Painting, Manchester Polytechnic 1985


Roxy has worked as a lecturer in Art at Goldsmiths since 2008. She has previously taught at Kingston University (2006 – 8), University of Newcastle (1994 – 2006), University of Leeds and Manchester Polytechnic.

Featured publications

Recent exhibitions with Sally Underwood:

  • 2015 - Without, Chandelier Projects, London (Accompanying essy by Simon Clarke, Finissage with performance by Simon Clarke and readings by Liz Berry) Outwith. Art Exchange, University of Essex, Colchester (Accompanying essy by George Vasey)
  • 2014- Mac International, Belfast, Annunciation (Group exhibition)
  • 2013- Dependent Rational Animals Towner, Eastbourne (reviewed in Art Monthly, Sept 2013, George Vasey. Catalogue with text by Anne Enright, ISBN 9 781871 360226)
  • 2012 - Igloo for Fishmarkert at.. Northampton / Globe Gallery, Newcastle

Publications and research outputs


Walsh, Roxy and Underwood, Sally. 2015. Outwith. In: "Without", Art Exchange, University of Essex, United Kingdom, January - February 2015.

Walsh, Roxy and Underwood, Sally. 2015. Without. In: "Without", Chandelier Projects, April - May 2015.

Walsh, Roxy. 2012. Roxy Walsh: The Lady Watercolourist. In: "The Lady Watercolourist", The MAC Belfast, United Kingdom, 14/09/12 - 13/10/12.

Walsh, Roxy and Underwood, Sally. 2012. IGLOO. In: "IGLOO, Sally Underwood and Roxy Walsh", Fishmarket At.. Grosvenor Centre, Northampton, United Kingdom, 16th July 2012 - ongoing.

Walsh, Roxy. 2011. Second Sex. In: "Second Sex", Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, Germany, Jan 14th - Feb 12th 2011.

Walsh, Roxy. 2009. Small Moments of Fantastic Things. In: "Small Moments of Fantastic Things", Galerie Antje Wachs, Germany, 19th September - 31st October 2009.

Walsh, Roxy. 2009. The Other Side. In: "The Other Side", Crypt Gallery, United Kingdom, 8th - 17th May 2009.

Walsh, Roxy. 2007. Felix Culpa. In: "Felix Culpa", Domobaal Gallery + Touring, United Kingdom, 2006-2007.

Exhibition Catalogue

Walsh, Roxy. 2005. Catrin Huber Catalogue essay.

Walsh, Roxy. 2005. Sense of Place.

Art Object

Walsh, Roxy and Underwood, Sally. 2014. Annunciation.

Walsh, Roxy and Underwood, Sally. 2013. Dependent Rational Animals.

Walsh, Roxy. 2005. The Signature Quilt.


Walsh, Roxy. 1994. R.S.V.P.Drawings of Daphne, 10 block-printed hand-finished cards.


Walsh, Roxy. 2005. Infallible, In Search of the Real George Eliot. ARTicle Press. ISBN 978-1873352830

Walsh, Roxy. 1997. Better After Death Catalogue. Wild Pansy Press. ISBN 978-1900687058

Walsh, Roxy and Ostrow, Saul. 1996. Wish You Were Beautiful Catalogue. Wild Pansy Press. ISBN 978-1900687010

Book Section

Walsh, Roxy. 2005. The Signature Quilt. In: , ed. Towards Understanding Community: People and Places. AIAA. ISBN 978-0230542648

Walsh, Roxy. 2002. Illustrated discussion. In: , ed. SPEAKING AND LISTENING. UNSPECIFIED, pp. 104-114. ISBN 978-0863399862

Walsh, Roxy. 1996. Speak To You Later Catalogue. In: , ed. Speak To You Later Catalogue. UNSPECIFIED.

Edited Book

Walsh, Roxy, ed. 2006. Felix Culpa Solo Catalogue. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 978-1873352540

Professional Activity

Walsh, Roxy. External examiner for MA Painting, Royal College of Art.


Walsh, Roxy. 2003 - 2005 Infallible, In Search of the Real George Eliot.