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JOHN A WALKER posted a photo

classical allusion

Walker ‘Classical Allusion’ (august 2018) oil on linen, 115 x 76 cmThe model for this figure painting was my granddaughter Olivia Orman aged 15. She requested the painting and adopted the Lolita-like pose and facial expression. To enhance the…
Aug 29, 2018
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solitude, Humberston 1970s

Oil on canvas, 2012, 45.5 x 70.5 cmThis self-portrait is a winter or early spring scene because I am wearing a brown overcoat with padded shoulders which I bought in a menswear shop in Carnaby St, London circa 1970. I wore it regularly for about…
Sep 13, 2017
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polo pony, Humber Estuary, 1970s, oil on canvas, 2012

This painting combines two traditional genres: animal painting and landscape. It is a winter or early spring scene during the 1970s. The beach is between Cleethorpes and Humberston looking toward the Humber Estuary and the North Sea. When the tide…
Aug 28, 2017
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Walker ‘Lifecycle’, (4/2017), oil on linen, 100 x 81 cm (Esher landscapes series)This landscape resulted from observing a white blossoming tree growing in the old churchyard of St Georges, Esher, Surrey during Spring 2017. What attracted me to the…
Apr 24, 2017
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Feb 26, 2017
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Scarborough holiday, early 1950s

oil on linen, 2017, 100 x 80 cmAlbert, Christine and John Walker on holiday in Scarborough, Yorkshire circa 1950. My mother must have taken the snap on which the portraits were based. Since my parents could not afford foreign holidays, they used to…
Jan 20, 2017
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the coalman cometh

oil on linen, 2016, 30 x 24 inches
Dec 2, 2016
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the portico

Walker, ‘The Portico, Central Station, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1950s’, (2016) oil on linen, 30 x 24 inchesIn Autumn 1956 I journeyed to Newcastle in order to study fine art at university. Over the next few years I passed through the city’s Central…
Dec 1, 2016

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Kings College, Newcastle upon Tyne
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BA in Fine Art
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
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an oil painter and art critic/historian, retired from university lecturing
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I would like it to speak for itself
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van gogh, vermeer, velasquez, courbet, monet, heartfield, pollock, brancusi, etc., etc
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At 17:31 on July 4, 2011, Paul G Neale said…
I had a subscription to Alba for more or less however long it lasted. I used to follow Peter Hills work, especially when I lived abroad. Now I sometimes read Turps Banana. Tim Hymen wrote a great essay on Tieppolo in Alba once. Z.G was a great magazine too.
At 16:20 on July 3, 2011, Paul G Neale said…
I will keep you informed of what happens here. Michael Harrison runs a tight ship down at Kettles Yard and the colleges ( as you know ) are chock a block with first rate stuff. Did you ever in your career get down to what was then W.S.C.A.D at Farnham? I started as a Foundation student there in 1975. We had the most brilliant tutors and visiting lecturers.
At 5:56 on July 3, 2011, Paul G Neale said…

Dear John, thankyou for your cyber friendship.Have you ever visited Kettle's Yard here in Cambridge ? The Fitz william has some astonishing old master drawings . Best wishes, Paul


At 11:45 on March 15, 2011, Jiyoung Kim said…

Dear.John, we are a monthly magazine [Designnet]based on Korea, we'd like to contect you ASAP.


At 12:12 on July 15, 2010, Bob Appleton said…
John, I remember taking your Art History class at Alexandra Palace in 1975 - a small lecture room on a balcony above the studios if I remember correctly. Art Since Pop must have been just published.

My personal argument at the time was that as artists we didn't need art history. if we expressed the present, then there was nothing more we could do. And although I still believe that, I see now how historians and philosophers influenced my now from the beginning "lerning is a slo proces" (as Billy Bunter might have said).

So perhaps now with this link from Shaun Belcher, I can retake the class ;)
At 8:53 on March 4, 2010, alison williams said…
hi i really like nude
At 16:21 on February 23, 2010, Batya said…
You use orange in a most interesting and versatile way! I enjoy your works and concepts very much. Many wonderful works!
At 18:27 on February 17, 2009, Shaun Belcher said…
am back..latest at

can't keep an altermodernist down...
At 17:49 on September 25, 2008, JOHN A WALKER said…
by all means contact pluto press
At 11:18 on September 6, 2008, Rob Van Beek said…
I absolutely take your point about giving up self-censorship.

I find myself desperate to try things out and sod the consequencies. Good stuff emerges, as you say.

Yes, a lot of art historical works had an iconological background that would have been dead familar to its audience.

But that makes the narrative content redundant and unobtrusive, transparent.

The difficulty with unfamiliar narrative paintings is they involve a kind of mundane puzzle-solving which can be at odds with other aspects looking at work.

Apologies for responding sooner. I kinda lost track of where these comments were made...ROB


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