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Despite the diversity of Thornton Walker’s subject matter and technique, his interest in the dynamics of composition, perspective and spatial depth remains constant. While maintaining a focus on formal painterly concerns, Thornton incorporates subject matter recalled from travel, personal memories and sometimes dreams, conferring an ethereal, meditative quality to his work. Thornton’s paintings, on both paper and canvas, explore both landscape and figurative images that allude to a hidden narrative. His current paintings depict glimpses of pristine coves and rocky outcrops from the walking tracks of the south coast, near Bateman’s Bay. Each painting is overwhelmingly beautiful yet mysterious and still. Thornton uses a technique of mixing oil paint with different alkyd mediums to create a very thin paint, with virtually no viscosity, allowing a painterly effect that is both fluid and unpredictable. As well as oil paintings, his practice includes printmaking, pastels and pen and ink. He also regularly sets aside time to paint still life watercolours as a way of ‘keeping his eye in,’ producing non formulaic paintings that continues to surprise him. Of his practice in general he says – “I want to convey not a feeling of stillness but stillness itself, a reality removed from ‘normality’, an aspiration to a way of simply being and observing minus the baggage.”  As ever, his impressive and powerful canvases allow the viewers to immerse themselves in his extraordinary imagery. Demonstrating a masterful and sensitive handling of surfaces, Thornton’s works enchant us with their combination of unique material and spiritual qualities.

Thornton Walker studied printmaking at the Prahran College of Advanced Education and Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. After graduating in 1977, Thornton spent the next eight years travelling extensively throughout Europe and the United States and later undertook studio residencies in Spain and Malaysia. In 2007, Thornton was awarded a Printmaking Fellowship with the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne. His most recent residency in Penang resulted in the ‘Georgetown’ series of works where faded photographs from temples and clan house walls inspired this captivating view of an alluring foreign culture. With over forty solo exhibitions to his name, Thornton has become one of Australia’s most successful and renowned figurative tonal painters. His work is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (Japan), Parliament House and the British Museum.

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      $32000 Eventide with distant lights - oil on canvas, 200 x 240cm

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      $28000 White log in glade - oil on canvas, 200 x 150cm

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      $27000 Saplings with wallaby bones - oil on canvas, 190 x 150cm

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      $17500 The four posts - oil on canvas, 120 x 150cm

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      $16000 The waiting - oil on canvas, 110 x 120cm

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      $14000 Twisted trees - oil on canvas, 120 x 100cm

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      $12000 Rider pulling up - oil on canvas, 90 x 100cm

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      $7500 Matsuo's still life #1 - watercolour, 108 x 78cm, framed

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      $6500 White composition - watercolour and gouache, 66 x 51.5cm, framed

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      $6000 Sea mist at dusk - oil on canvas, 46 x 56cm

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      $5500 3 pears with cloth - oil on panel, 35 x 40cm

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      $5000 Pear with cloth - oil on canvas, 30 x 35cm

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      $4500 Still life with guavas - watercolour and gouache, 43.5 x 31cm, framed

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      $4500 Portend - oil on panel, 30 x 30cm

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      $4000 The silence of the sea - oil on panel, 25 x 30cm

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      $4000 Portend II - oil on panel, 23 x 30cm

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      $4000 The simple offering - oil on panel, 23 x 30cm

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      $3500 Interior, Japan - oil on panel, 39 x 48cm

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      $3000 Man at a mirror II - oil on panel, 36 x 41.5cm

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      $3000 Man drinking I - oil on panel, 36 x 40.5cm

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      $3000 Man raising foot - oil on panel, 35 x 40cm

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      $3000 Man taking pulse - oil on canvas, 30.5 x 36cm

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      $3000 Man with hand to mouth - oil on panel, 36 x 41.5cm

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      $2800 Rooftops, Hydra - ink and wash, 25 x 22cm, framed

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      $2200 Winter scene II - oil on board, 20 x 25cm

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      $2200 Winter scene IV - oil on board, 20 x 25cm

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      $1000 Fallen trees, snow - aquatint & chine colle, 6/20, 30 x 39.5cm

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      $900 Two men meet # I - etching, drypoint & aquatint, 8/20, 29.5 x 29.5cm

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      $900 Two men meet # II - etching, drypoint & aquatint, 6/20, 29.5 x 29.5cm

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      $800 Man running in snow - etching, aquatint & softground, 2/20, 22 x 29.5cm

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      $800 Man striding in snow - etching, aquatint & softground, 2/20, 22 x 29.5cm

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      $750 Canis II - softground & aquatint, 5/20, 19 x 24cm

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      $750 Canis I - softground & aquatint, 5/20, 19 x 24cm

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      $750 Canis III - softground & aquatint, 5/20, 19 x 24cm

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