London Re:Calling / Richard Walker
Richard Walker’s first solo exhibition was at Minsky’s Gallery in Primrose Hill on Valentines Day in 1978.
He showed a collection of Post-Pop screenprints celebrating the punk era, based around Kings Road, Chelsea. He had been a postgraduate student there and this, as well starting as a young visiting lecturer at Camberwell, launched his long career.
After many trips across the Atlantic and a developing interest in cities and architecture, Walker exhibited in America and many times in Germany, building up an international following.
Back in London he has exhibited extensively since that time with Jill George Gallery and Curwen Gallery amongst others and has had many public and private commissions in The City and Canary Wharf and elsewhere. In 1998 he produced a large Futurist-inspired mural at One Aldwych Hotel.
The interest in architecture has led him to be an active tour leader with the 20th Century Society, visiting buildings from that era.
This exhibition of paintings and prints brings together old and new works inspired by these interests, which peels back the cultural fabric of London over several decades. Always personal, but also accessible, the images are about locations, physicality, structures and memory.
Nicholas Underwood of Galleries magazine recently called Walker’s work ‘layered and subtle, joyful and poignant’ and ‘very much his own voice’.
RICHARD WALKER was born in Yorkshire in 1954 and studied at 3 London art schools, Kingston, Camberwell and Chelsea in the 70s. He lives and works at the Elephant and Castle in an Ernö Goldfinger building, formerly Alexander Fleming House, the Ministry of Health in the 60s. He also shares a home with his partner in Brighton.