Walker belongs squarely in the tough-guy visionary camp of postwar
British painting, along with paint-splashers and big-tube squeezers like
Peter Lanyon and Roger Hilton. Like them, he mixes the coloristic exuberance of School of Paris
painting with a Wordsworthian belief in nature’s spiritual power. At a
time when the medium’s many young (and not-so-young) practitioners are
busy googling images of lesser-known midcentury abstraction to make
compositions that carry oomph, as can be seen in the Museum of Modern
Art’s exhibition “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World”
in New York, Walker, who is 75, creates paintings as fresh and powerful
as the artists in that show without need for the Internet.
“John Walker: Looking Out To Sea,” Alexandre Gallery, Midtown, New York, NY. (Note that the gallery has relocated to 724 Fifth Avenue.) November 5 through December 25, 2015.
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