Luke M Walker

Artist Statement

b.1969 Luke M. Walker’s motivation is to capture and record the changing nature of the city. 


He documents his activities both on the streets and in the studio, through large scale paintings of buildings in transition that are both constructed and undone by the material fluidity of his chosen medium of paint on canvas.


This has evolved into several distinct, but related bodies of work united through the ‘London Atlas’ an archive documenting a hundred mile circular walk around the city of London undertaken in 2014. 'Works in Progress' explore the nature of the building site. Through a set of processes that reflect the act of construction; moments of fluidity, interspersed with more rigorous definition and consolidation. They express the materiality, the tension and inherent danger of a building under construction, but also the energy and sense of anticipation it generates.


His 'Metastructure  series of paintings attempt to convey the processes at work on the underground construction site for Crossrail in London. By employing 3d satellite mapping imagery, the paintings are uncertain, hesitant and unresolved, they both assimilate and estimate. They are structure, infrastructure and metastructure. Moments of clarity break down to reveal the fragility of the image and the truth of what it actually represents; a digital rendering from 400 miles above the surface of the Earth. 


Walker's relationship with the urban landscape is changing through his encounters with it and what once might have been described as homage to the built environment has now become something more adversarial.  His critical engagement with the sites of buildings as they come and go establishes a relationship based upon their materiality and character.  He is currently documenting the brooding concrete monoliths of the Brutalist movement; buildings loved and loathed in equal measure. Some become iconic ambassadors of cement and steel, with prices as stratospheric as the views, while others are quietly obliterated from the skyline and our collective memory.


 


Artwork

Exhibitions

The Mountain Arts Festival - Rheged, Cumbria
April/May 2015 - 'What I tell you in the dark' - Group show Waterloo
March 2015 - Painting the Future, Degree Art.
February 2015 One Place Ten - Chelsea College of the Arts
September 2014 MA Show – City & Guilds of London Art School.
February 2014 One. Place. Two, Chelsea College of the Arts
November 2013 401½ Studios, London
September 2013 MA Interim Show, City & Guilds London Art School
February 2013 All in One Place, Chelsea College of the Arts
November 2012 401½ Studios, London
June 2012 Untitled Arts, Chelsea Old Town Hall
April 2012 Art in Mind – ‘Illusion’ Group show,
Brick Lane Gallery, London
December 2011 ‘An Urban Safari’ Group Show, Battersea
November 2011 401½ Studios
September 2011 ‘Kunstpunkte’, Dusseldorf, Germany
June 2011 Untitled Arts, Chelsea Old Town Hall
November 2010 401½ Studios, London
October 2010 Lambeth Open
May 2010 WAC @ Putney Exchange
March 2009 Royal Geographical Society - London
April 2009 Spaces and Narrations, Chelsea College of the Arts
November 2009 401½ Studios, London
October 2009 ‘Battersea & Beyond’ Solo show, Acquire Arts

Achievements & Awards

Competition name Organizer Position Date
Signature Art Prize 2015 Degree Arts Winner Sat, 07/11/2015