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Rabbit Fur Cap
Rabbit Fur Cap Awarded Best of Show Honors

Fri 5/25/2012

Last night at the Alliance of Fine Art?s, Best of the Best program, The Rabbit Fur Cap was awarded Best of Show honors. Judge Tom Lynch, the nationally renowned watercolor painter, commented that the painting was ?magical.? Receiving this recognition was especially gratifying for me since the show was made up of only previous award winners. The artwork exhibited was all top quality making the judge?s decision a difficult one.

I am truly thankful to the Alliance of Fine Art and Tom Lynch for deeming my work worthy of such an honor.



The Letter
The Letter

24" h x 20" w (61cm x 51cm)

Acrylic on gessoed illustration board

Winner of the DuPage Art League February Show



Twilight Maple
Twilight Maple

17" h x 14.5" w (45cm x 37cm)

Acrylic on Strathmore Board

3rd place winner in the Downers Grove February Exhibit



The Late Bloomer
The Late Bloomer

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard



Two Trees
Two Trees

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard



The Summer Hat
The Summer Hat

11" h x 14" w (28cm x 36cm)

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard



King of the Mountain
King of the Mountain

30" h x 48" w (76cm x 122cm)

Acrylic on Canvas



Winter Evening, Rock Falls
Winter Evening, Rock Falls

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard

Merit award winner at the January DuPage Art League Exhibit and is now in the Brigantine Gallery



The Midnight Pool
The Midnight Pool

16" h x 20" w (41cm x 51cm)

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard

Now at the Brigantine Gallery



Steadfast
Steadfast

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard



Fall Creek
Fall Creek

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard



Portrait of Santa Claus
Portrait of Santa Claus

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard



McKee Sycamore
McKee Sycamore

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard

Now at the Brigantine Gallery



The Artist         

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John Walker

-Artist Statement

At heart I'm a storyteller, and the paintings I create usually have a tale to tell, enigmatic tho it may be. I paint narratives, large or small, actual or nearly so, that I perceive taking place all around us. My approach to painting is representational, although the work evolves from an imaginative core. Painting in a realistic style allows for a direct interpretation of the thoughts that wind around in my mind as I explore my subjects. In some cases, a painting's story is almost fully rendered, while in others I prefer to present a mere suggestion to act as a starting point for the viewer's interpretation.

Just as thoughts intertwine, building into larger mental concepts, I weave dry brushed strokes around colored glazes of acrylic paint to build value and form on the painting's surface. Initially, glazes are liberally brushed or sometimes poured over the surface and then manipulated with a variety of tools to create texture and depth, while leaving enough space for the ?random happy accident? to expand upon. As the work progresses areas are refined and detail added. Multiple, sometimes aggressive, applications of paint demand a rigid foundation, so I typically work on a gessoed hardboard panel.

Recently I've begun to include looser, more abstract passages in my paintings along with more intense color. I find these aspects can work, in an almost counter intuitive way, to reinforce the painting's focus and direction.

- Bio

John Walker studied at the College of DuPage in Wheaton IL and the American Academy of Art in Chicago IL. Upon graduation he worked at Feldkamp/Malloy before becoming a staff illustrator at Higgens Hegner Genovese and later a freelance illustrator with Frank Lux and Associates. For over fifteen years he has worked from his own studio creating artwork for a diverse group of advertising and publishing clients including National Geographic, The Bradford Exchange, McDonalds, Warner Brothers and Random House.

John has always painted for personal satisfaction,as time and obligations allowed, but the past few years have seen a greater share of his time and energy devoted to creating fine art. He has recently returned to exhibiting his work in public and has taken first place honors in several local shows. His painting Rose won a First Place Award at the 2010 Alliance of Fine Art's Best of the Best exhibit and he is a participant in this year's show once again.

John Walker is also a teacher at our Joan of Art Professional Art Instruction workshops.


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