Paul X Walsh

Paul X Walsh is New Zealand's most prolific public artist, with a dozen murals and over 50 utility box artworks around the country.

Born in Rotorua, he works in a range of mediums, from spraypaint to watercolour, and describes his style as 'pop surrealism with a side order of memes'.

His art has been featured on multiple news websites and biogs - Newshub, My Modern Met, Laughing Squid, Central Leader, Canadian Broadcasting Company, the front page of Reddit and CNN's Headline News, amongst others.

He spends his time working on a wide range of commercial, public and private commissions, fishing, and going on bushwalks with his two young children.

5 questions, 5 answers

Do you have a favourite colour?

Currently it's teal. There's a Molotow spraypaint colour called Riviera, that's the particular shade of teal I'm in love with.

How do you take your coffee?

Cheap and often. 5 instant coffees a day and a flat white in the morning.

Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Podcasts! History, design, crime, science and American politics. It's a lonely job so it's nice to have someone talking to you.

Who is your favourite artist of all time + now? Why?

All time: Rene Magritte. I grew up with his work and it has saturated deep into my consciousness. Right now I am fawning over the work of Swedish digital artist Simon Stalenhag; his work is both sublime and terrifying.

5 words that explain you or your art?

Lowbrow, pop, surrealism, figurative, oddball

works available