Luke M Walker
Solo Show ‘ A Change of Pace’ Bingham Riverhouse Summer 2023
Artist in Residence at Bankside Hotel Winter 2018-19 and 2023
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019
Signature Art Prize Winner 2015 (Painting)
Luke M Walker views his practice as an inquiry into memory, time, distance and materiality with each series of works being an opportunity to discover something new, through experimentation, exploration, chance, the collection of data and other records of his personal progress through the environment, whether a city or somewhere further afield. It is an attempt to discover the role of a Landscape Artist today.
He was Contemporary Collective's first Artist in Residence at Bankside Hotel, London from November 2018 - February 2019, where he made a series of walks from the residency space and painted the locality, a site undergoing immense change. He returned again in February 2023 to create ‘The London Panorama’ a seven and a half metre long depiction of the River Thames in Charcoal.
Much of his work derives from exploration, primarily through walking. This can involve collecting specific data on walks; the length, the pace, the altitude or number of steps etc. and translating the data into a painting which become physical representations of the momentary act of walking itself.
These ‘potential landscapes’ are also paintings of time and distance and it is these additional spatial and temporal qualities that he is keen to express whether through constructed landscapes or from a direct observation of the environment, they act as a record of both the activity of the artist in the landscape but also in the studio.
What once might have been described as homage to the environment has now become something more adversarial, with each body of work beginning to question the value of human activity; whether this is the construction of our cities, our stewardship of the environment or the role of the artist as a witness and how this can be expressed.
He is a co-founder of The Wilderness Art Collective, bringing together a diverse range of artists from across the UK who’s work explores the Landscape and Environment, with exhibitions at Royal Geographical Society and with the National Trust.
He also exhibited in Taichung, Taiwan in 2019 and 2020 in joint shows with local artist WanLin Chang with work exploring our relationships with cities.
To read more about Luke M Walker and his unique vision, check out his features in The Architect's Journal and on our blog.
|Pintar Rapido||Pintar Rapido||Winner||2017|
|Signature Art Prize 2015||Degree Arts||Winner||2015|