John Walker is one of Australia's foremost landscape painters. His latest body of work was on exhibition at Utopia Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney from late October to mid November.
In their media release for the show Utopia Gallery has wrote,
‘Winter in the Fire Forest is a body of work that can be tentatively traced to a discovery Walker made whilst painting at the edge of a mountain ash forest near Reidsdale, NSW about six years ago.
In the mossy quiet, amongst lush ferns, Walker stumbled across the huge, very charred stump of a burnt tree:
It suddenly hit me that I was in this forest and it felt wet and cold and damp, but not that long ago, sometime in the last twenty or thirty of (sic) fifty years, it had been on fire. That sort of sums up certain things about the forests around here…
The paintings, mainly executed this year in Walker’s Braidwood studio, are imbued with a memory of that Riedsdale fire forest, refreshed by walks into the bushland of the local Mt. Gillamatong. These are dreamscapes, misty and filled with potential – not of a particular landscape but rather capturing some essence of the Australian
In this pursuit, Walker wields the baton once held by the likes of Arthur Streeton, Fred Williams and Sidney Nolan. Streeton’s Fire’s On
holds a particularly important place in Walker’s heart.'
John R Walker's work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, AGNSW, NGV, AGWA and many other significant public collections.
To follow up any works from the exhibition or see works by the artist in the stockroom contact:
Utopia Art Sydney
2 Danks Street, Waterloo
Ph: 02 9699 2900