Luke M Walker

Artist Statement

Walker’s practice derives from an exploration of the environment primarily through walking, his most  recent work involves collecting specific data on each walk, the length, the pace, the altitude or number of steps etc. and translating the data into a painting.


These ‘potential landscapes’ are paintings of the activity of walking and painting, but also of time and distance. It is these additional spatial and temporal qualities that he is keen to express in his work, whether through constructed landscapes or from a direct observation of the environment. They assimilate and estimate, showing structure, infrastructure and metastructure, moments of clarity break down to reveal the fragility of the image, they act as a record of both the activity of the artist in the landscape but also in the studio.


His relationship with the landscape has also changed and what once might have been described as homage to the environment has now become something more adversarial, with each body of work beginning to question the value of human activity; whether this is the construction of our cities, our stewardship of the environment or the role of the artist as a witness and how this can be expressed, particularly but not exclusively, through painting.


 


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