Exhibitions    Beaver Gallery 09

07.05.09 to 26.05.09

Thornton Walker’s evocative paintings reveal an interest in the dynamics of perspective in the creation of space with each work venturing far beyond describing physicality. Thornton’s decisive consideration of spatial tension between poised objects and empty space sits in juxtaposition to the calmness of his subdued palette, allowing the works “an independent life, like a meditation”. The works emit a restrained spirituality, using unrelated motifs that have long fascinated Thornton, a child’s model garage from the 40’s, an old white box, an espaliered apple tree in his backyard and a skull. The paintings challenge the conventional still life genre by infusing the compositions with Zen notions of emptiness. As Thornton says of his work, “I was fascinated with the scenarios that arise in dreams and the way seemingly unrelated objects coexist together or sit alone in isolation in an ambiguous space. I arranged these subjects on the canvas in a similar way detaching them from any realistic background and giving them this dreamlike quality, adding layers of washes, drips, stains, grids, collage and writing extracts from the dreams onto the surface … making it difficult but not impossible to read, as a dream is.”

'All My Beads and Jewellery' by

'All My Beads and Jewellery'  2008

watercolour

56 x 56 cm

'The Map' by

'The Map'  2008

oil on canvas

200 x 120 cm

'Something 1' by

'Something 1'  2008

oil on canvas

91.5 x 107 cm

'Something 2' by

'Something 2'  2008

oil on canvas

107 x 91.5 cm

'December Still Life I' by

'December Still Life I'  2008

watercolour

56 x 56 cm

'December Still Life IV' by

'December Still Life IV'  2008

watercolour

56 x 56 cm

'December Still Life II' by

'December Still Life II'  2008

watercolour

56 x 56 cm

'December Still Life III' by

'December Still Life III'  2008

watercolour

56 x 56 cm

'Red Still Life' by

'Red Still Life'  2009

watercolour

52 x 71 cm

'The Usher ll' by

'The Usher ll'  2008

oil and collage on canvas

200 x 250 cm