The observational and painterly expertise of artist Jonathan Walker (1952–2020) first received renown in a series of solo shows at Pinacotheca Gallery in the 1980s. Walker lived and worked in the Bayside suburb of Hampton, studied painting and printmaking at RMIT in the early 1970s, and for nearly two decades beginning in 1990 taught painting at the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE (later merging with Victoria University). This impressive career also includes representation in the collections of Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Working primarily on largescale canvases, Walker’s ongoing experimentation with surface, space and material was a lesson in balancing abstraction and representation of the everyday. Walker was recently the subject of a solo retrospective, titled Capturing details usually screened, at Bayside Gallery. Guest curated by Ry Haskings, the exhibition spanned four decades of the artist’s sustained practice.
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