John Walker 

 

It is with great pride that  Galleria Six announces a solo exhibition by John Walker.

Born in Birmingham, England, in 1939, he went through his first studies in his hometown and completed them in Paris at the legendary Académie de la Grande Chaumière.

His juvenile season was inspired by postpictorial abstraction.  Crucial was then the  meeting with Betty Parsons, the legendary gallerist of Pollock and Rothko, who early appreciated his work and showed it in her gallery in New York in 1967.

Walker therefore had the chance to approach the American art world, which he never abandoned afterward.

In the 1960s he painted shaped canvases, populated by few signs and forms. In the 1970s he worked instead on large bright dotted surfaces  stained with fingerprints and color spots. In the 1980s he autonomously approached Neo-Expressionism, while remaining true to his abstract language and keeping alive his interest in geometric structures. In recent years, finally, his language has become more disciplined, focusing on the variation of linear elements.

The 12 paintings here shown( and presented for the first  time in Italy) were specifically created for Galleria Six and highlight John Walker’s latest reasearch. A research that comes from the observation of a specific location, "Pemaquid" (nowadays,  Bristol, Maine) and that leads the artist to a new stage of his oeuvre, where the matter density at times seems to be mixed with mud, almost overpowering its linear structure  and leaving room for  that dimension of controlled disorder and excess that can be perceived in his work.

In 1972 he represented Great Britain at the XXXVI  Venice Biennial and many of the most important public institutions all over the  world have organized his solo exhibitions, including: MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Phillips Collection, Washington , DC; Tate Gallery, London; Hayward Gallery, London; The Kunstverein, Hamburg;  the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) , Sydney.

 

He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Art and former Head of the graduate program in Painting at Boston University School of Visual Arts.

Lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts and in South Bristol, Maine.

An exhibition catalog edited by Chiara Bertoni  with  essays by Elena Pontiggia and Angelo Sarleti will be available

December  17,  2016 through March 30, 2017

The artist will be present at the opening, December 17, 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.