Through studies of his life within the confines of the extended Melbourne lockdowns, Thornton Walker produced a collage of work focussed on the atmosphere of familiar scenes. He says of this exhibition; “Feelings of precariousness and vulnerability to pandemics and climate change, along with my approaching 70th year, have drawn me to personal, intimate scenes I witness around me: Hiccup, my cat, drinking from the bath spout, the heron below my deck, the cove I visit on my morning walks.”
Despite the diversity of Walker’s subject matter and technique, his interest in the dynamics of composition, perspective and spatial depth remains constant. While maintaining a focus on formal painterly concerns, Walker incorporates subject matter recalled from travel, personal memories and sometimes dreams, conferring an ethereal, meditative quality to his work.
Opening event: Thursday 13 October, 5.30pm.