4 - 8 August 2010
about the exhibition
Thornton Walker’s evocative paintings reveal an interest in the dynamics of perspective in the creation of space, with each work venturing far beyond describing physicality. His decisive consideration of spatial tension between poised objects and empty space sits in juxtaposition to the calmness of his subdued palette. Thornton’s watercolours challenge the conventional still life genre by infusing the compositions with Zen notions of emptiness, creating works with an extraordinary meditative quality. His oil paintings are rich in texture and often depict more ambiguous scenes and objects recalled from dreams. Unresolved space created with layers of washes, drips, stains, grids and collage gives the works a dreamlike quality and earthy spirituality.
Thornton Walker began his art education in printmaking at Prahran College of Advanced Education, followed by further studies at the Victorian College of the Arts. After graduating, Thornton spent over eight years travelling extensively in Europe and the United States, and completed residencies in Spain and Malaysia. With over thirty-five solo exhibitions to his name, Thornton’s work is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of WA, Artbank, Queensland University of Technology, Deakin University and Parliament House.