Samuel Walsh was born in 1951. He studied at Limerick School of Art, Mary Immaculate College of Education, and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1997 . He won the Savills Art Prize at the VUE Contemporary Art Fair, Dublin in 2017.
In 2015 I spent a second artist residency in Berlin. While there I studied and read the story of Richard Wagner’s ‘The Ring Cycle’. Other than the music that drives the work it is a complicated story populated by an extraordinary cast of characters. The idea at the time was to identify events and characters in the story and turn them into drawings primarily through their actions. As it transpired I only got half-way through the project and completed 18 drawings and 4 more when I returned to Ireland. A painting titled Locus XVII (Wotan) was also made on my return and that was it. It happens like that sometimes.
Fasolt is one of two giant brothers – the other is Fafner – who kidnap Friea guardian of the golden apples (of eternal youth as applied to the Gods) who Fasolt loves. Fasolt is a lover of women and beauty (art?) while his brother Fafner is a ruthless and nasty piece of work who kills Fasolt after a quarrel between the two of them as they argue over the reward received from the Gods after they release Friea.
The drawing is a response to the story and not illustrative of the story. I have no idea what any of these characters look like and there are numerous cliché versions out there which I ignored. I do follow the exploits of the individual and that is how the drawing came about.
Title: Drawing 494 (Fasolt )
Medium: Acrylic gouache on Kahari hemp paper