Douglas Walker

Message to Japan

Sending you a message of courage and optimism. Thinking of you and hope that things are better now. Moving forwards, rebuilding, living, laughing and loving again, I wish all good things for everyone in the disaster area.

I’ve looked into how to present that whale painting and it’s looking like a major problem, to build some kind of a solution would take longer than just making a new painting. So it its ok with you then that’s what I’ll do. It will be a vertical painting and just hang off the pack and drape down. I’m not sure of imagery yet but maybe a building. How does that sound?

Best regards

Artist information

Douglas Walker was born in Brockville, Ontario. He graduated with an Honors Diploma from the Ontario College of Art in 1981. He presently lives and works in Toronto.

During the 1980′s Walker received early acclaim for his work in photo-drawing, photography, and sculpture. In the 1990′s Douglas turned to painting and recently reduced his palette to the Blue and White for which he is now known for. Through these disparate media he has consistently articulated a finely wrought vision of the beautiful residing in the strange.

Considered a unique talent, Douglas is known for his ability to make works of a compelling originality regardless of media. Walker has exhibited his work at the ICA in London and the Dia foundation in New York. In Toronto he has shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Powerplant, YYZ, Mercer Union and at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Walker has been the focus of a traveling mid-career retrospective curated by The Mendel Art gallery in Saskatoon and an overview of his career was featured at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art gallery. He has also shown at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, Hallwalls in Buffalo, and the 49th Parallel in New York City. Many of these exhibitions were supported with publications.

Douglas’s work is included in many important public and private collections most notably the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mendel Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. He has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Walker’s work has captured extensive media and critical attention wherever he has exhibited.

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