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.