Interview with Immortality & Vulnerability Artist John Walker
Tell our readers what’s on your easel today.
Ha! What timing. I just Tweeted that I've been tied up with the business side of things and haven't been painting/drawing since Saturday. Driving me crazy. But next up is a painting featuring my four legged studio mate, Guinness.
Do you paint many portraits of pets? Share your friend Guinness with us.
Here's his official glamour shot. No, I haven't done many pet portraits, another reason I'm looking forward to painting this piece. I'm only in the concept stage though working on a couple of very different ideas. We'll see where they take me.
Do you have a favorite subject or a theme you visit often in your work?
I love to paint figurative work, especially portrait oriented pieces. I could spend a lot of time painting faces. However I don't consider myself a portraitist as such, because many times my subjects are acting as characters in some type of narrative idea I'm painting. so the goal is not always portraiture per se. The same may wind up being true of the dog painting I'm planning.
Tell us about the narrative piece you’ve submitted for the IV show in April.
I would describe this as a quiet painting, more whisper than shout. The color pallet is subdued, there are a lot of deeper values. But the subject, even though in the midst of what may be a gloomy setting, has just the slightest smile. There are various "dark" elements for viewers to consider, like the black horizontal void between buildings, and the rough graffiti covered wall. Despite all that I think there is a certain gentleness too. My aim was to leave viewers with a positive vibe. It's a very personal painting and as I worked I began to know more about the girl, who she is, what's running through her mind. That's the best part of painting for me, when I begin to mentally inhabit a piece, experience the painting's story. It's said that a whisper can be a very effective way to communicate. I hope that's true in the case of this painting.
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