Exhibitions    Beaver Galleries 11

24.03.11 to 12.04.11

The Stillness in Movement

 

Despite the diversity of Thornton Walker’s subject matter and technique, his interest in the dynamics of composition, perspective and spatial depth remains constant.  While maintaining a focus on formal painterly concerns, the artist incorporates subject matter recalled from dreams and personal memories, conferring an ethereal, meditative quality to the work.  Thornton’s recent works explore the ‘frozen moments’ captured by photography and film.  Stills from black and white films, photographs taken by his father in Canada in the 1930s, along with his own archive of photographic images have been Thornton’s inspiration.  Each work portrays a snapshot in time, a single moment in a detailed narrative, full of animation and life but left to the viewer’s imagination to complete.  Shadowy figures on the seashore, a man running through snow-covered woodlands, a pair of outstretched hands, are all overwhelmingly beautiful yet mysterious, as if waiting for the next line in their story.  His new works include pastels on prepared watercolour paper and a new technique of mixing oil paint with different alkyd mediums to create a very thin paint, with virtually no viscosity, allowing Thornton to produce a painterly effect that is fluid and unpredictable.  Demonstrating a masterful and sensitive handling of surfaces, Thornton’s works enchant us with their combination of unique material and spiritual qualities.  He says of his work, “I have always struggled with a work until a certain quality emerges that can often surprise me.  It seems like the painting then starts speaking for itself.”



Beaver Galleries

2011

 

 

Review: The Canberra Times 'The Framing of Dreams' Professor Sasha Grishin

'The Meeting I' by

'The Meeting I'  2010

oil on prepared paper on panel

70 x 90 cm

'The Meeting II' by

'The Meeting II'  2010

oil on prepared paper on panel

70 x 90 cm

'The Watcher' by

'The Watcher'  2010

oil on canvas

150 x 200cm

'Figure by the Sea' by

'Figure by the Sea'  2010

oil on canvas

120 x 150 cm

'Two Figures by the Sea' by

'Two Figures by the Sea'  2010

oil on canvas

120 x 150 cm

'Waterlillies' by

'Waterlillies'  2010

oil on panel

115 x 140 cm

'Waterlillies II' by

'Waterlillies II'  2010

oil on panel

115 x 140 cm

'Running Man in Snow' by

'Running Man in Snow'  2010

pastel and wash on prepared paper

75.5 x 99 cm

'Running Man in Snow, II [pastel]' by

'Running Man in Snow, II [pastel]'  2010

pastel and wash on prepared paper

75.5 x 99 cm

'Figure Running 1 [pastel]' by

'Figure Running 1 [pastel]'  2010

pastel on prepared paper

54 x 77 cm

'Figure Running II [pastel]' by

'Figure Running II [pastel]'  2010

pastel on prepared paper

54 x 77 cm