Monday, April 8, 2013

New work - a large whale

Installed in the studio. 
A-930 is 29 x 108" Oil on paper mounted on canvas

Monday, November 5, 2012

A new series of paintings in Brown and Blue


I've started a new series of Brown, Blue and Cream paintings. These are studies for a new series of very large paper paintings. 


I do them fast, they are very gestural with drips and areas of cracked colour. 
They are all 37 x 28" Oil on Paper on Panel


With these works I can try out subtle shifts in colour.






In this one some of the marks 'blew out'. Its a nice ghost texture that occurs only when the timing is absolutely correct. 

I'm trying out lots of different recipes for the background. This one looks like frost on a window. 







So far they have been selling quite well. It's great to have a flow of works leaving the studio. 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Other Worlds review in The Cadre

A nice review by Olivia Robinson in the University of Prince Edward Islands student newsblog. It's nice to know that the work is appreciated and is having the intended effect. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Installing at the Confederation Center Art Gallery in Charlottetown

Shipping day! I'm always relieved when the work gets there safely. 
Lots of work to do to get the paintings sized for the new walls.
The room was huge, really big walls. 

The gallery very generously brought my assistant Sarah down to resize all the paintings in the show. Couldn't have done it without her. She knows the work and how it goes together so well, she made it as easy as it could be. 

We received great support from everyone at the gallery, especially from Ben Dickerson, the preparator for the gallery. Careful, smart and steady; Ben was great to work with, a real pleasure. 
That's Ben and I on the siccsor lift. Because the gallery has a mezzanine opening the lift was actually down on the floor below. It was 15 feet up to the bottom of the wall. When we working at the top of the wall we were 35 feet above the floor. On the first trip up it seemed so high and the thing was swaying and making creaking noises which was a little unnerving but we soon got used to it. 

Sarah and I working on the East wall. 





The opening went very well. We had a huge crowd (not many in this shot but this was at the start). 

We were lucky to have some extra help. Sophie Routhier LeBlanc and Yulia Dea Nesty are volunteers with the gallery. They were a godsend, lending a hand when we needed it most. Many thanks to them. 
Here we are. The curators of the show Peter Dykhuis and Corinna Ghaznavi, myself, and Sarah. Many thanks to all. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review in Canadian Art magazine

I was fortunate to receive a review in the Fall 2012 issue of Canadian Art magazine.
I was quite pleased with Ashley Johnson's take on the work, it's very accurate as to how I see things.
"Walker delves into visual incident like a surrealist Automatiste, but emerges as a unique visionary. He is at once meticulous and deferential, like a mariner navigating uncertainty to allow free passage of the universal subconscious."

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Installation shots from Other Worlds at the Barnicke

In the east gallery we wrapped the whale around a corner.
Many thanks to Toni Hafkenscheid for the excellent documentation photography.


The wave and moon were positioned opposite the whale. 
The wave fit nicely on the wall. 
Heres a view of the moon' and text paintings. 
There were some nice views through the hallway. 

This is a view of the west gallery. 

The bridge was wrapped around 3 walls.

Tomb and mask. 

The gallery was immersed in blue tile.




Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Installing at the Barnicke

Some photos from today's install at the Barnicke.

We've wrapped the walls in blue tiles.



The works are floor to ceiling and corner to corner.



Almost all of the paintings from the Other Worlds show are up at the Barnicke.



Christopher Regimbal is the Exhibition Project Coordinator at the Barnicke. Fabulous support, all that was needed was there. Many thanks.

What a fantastic install crew. They were a godsend for someone (me!) who had underestimated how much work there was to be done. Many many thanks. It gone done in time because of them. Left to right Corrie Jackson, Jessica Valentin, Alana Leprich, and my super-assistant Sarah Elizabeth McCaw.