John Walker was born in 1939 in Birmingham, England, and studied at the Birmingham School of Art before receiving a travelling scholarship that afforded him the opportunity to study at the Académie de la Grand Chaumière in Paris. Walker’s painting has been widely acclaimed throughout his career for its emotional intensity achieved through a comprehensive collage and layering process. One such work Study for Luke’s blue is in the National Gallery of Australia’s collection. Walker worked at Tyler Graphics three times.
In 1996 he created the Mt. Kisco studio works using hand coloured paper to which he applied colour through stencils, allowing him to achieve a spontaneity that echoed his painterly work. In 1998 he returned to create the portfolio of etchings, Passing bells. The portfolio, which was displayed in its entirety at the National Gallery in the exhibition Universal soldier: John Walker’s Passing bells, in 2000, is based on the wartime experiences of Walker’s father. In 1999 Walker further explored the harrowing themes of war with works including Flandersand A terre.
Last updated November 2014