Exhibitions    Heiser Gallery 09

15.09.09 to 10.10.09

"Thornton Walker has been exhibiting his paintings, watercolours and etchings for more than three decades. His paintings are visually attractive, even seductive, but unlike artists where generally what you see is what you get and there is an inevitability about the outcome, Walker embraces the challenge of chance and explores the sense of the enigma. Although at first glance at one of Walker's paintings one is impressed by the virtuosity in the paint application, but this almost appears as an intuitive response to a meditative exploration of the imagery, where the final result is as much of a surprise to the artist as it is to the viewer... ...There is a strong sense of implied narrative but it is not one that has a literal decipherment. As in much of his previous work there is the quality of a Zen-like meditation or that of a waking dream, one where one has slept little, but seen much. ...The objects are selected as triggers for contemplation and then through a process of layering of surfaces, washes, drips and stains, they are allowed to embrace that quality of otherness. They appear as real and tangible, but always refer to a different and more spiritual reality. This artist has rejected the safety of a formulaic approach and continues to challenge himself and his audience." Excerpts from 'Challenging Path Flows in Rewards', Sasha Grishin. The Canberra Times, May 12, 2009.

'Shadow IV' by

'Shadow IV'  2009

oil on board

105 x 88.5 cm

'Shadow 1' by

'Shadow 1'  2009

oil on board

105 x 88.5 cm

'The Green Doors' by

'The Green Doors'  2009

oil on canvas

180 x 150 cm

'Composition with Four Trees' by

'Composition with Four Trees'  2009

oil on board

100 x 140 cm

'Composition with Three Trees' by

'Composition with Three Trees'  2009

oil on canvas

140 x 170 cm

'Composition with Two Trees' by

'Composition with Two Trees'  2009

oil on board

88.5 x 105 cm

'The Slightest Stir of the Wind, (1)' by

'The Slightest Stir of the Wind, (1)'  2007

watercolour

115 x 79 cm

'The Rising' by

'The Rising'  2005

watercolour

100.5 x 67 cm

'Still Life with Plums' by

'Still Life with Plums'  2009

watercolour

66 x 44 cm

'Still Life with Magnolia' by

'Still Life with Magnolia'  2009

watercolour

66 x 50 cm

'The Way Back In' by

'The Way Back In'  2009

oil on canvas

180 x 150 cm

'Apple Tree with Stain' by

'Apple Tree with Stain'  2009

oil on board

105 x 88.5 cm

'The Green Doors, Study 2' by

'The Green Doors, Study 2'  2009

oil on board

105 x 88.5 cm

'The Green Doors, Study 1' by

'The Green Doors, Study 1'  2009

oil on board

105 x 88.5 cm

'The Cross in the Snow' by

'The Cross in the Snow'  2009

oil on board

105 x 88.5 cm