Thornton Walker was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1953, and emigrated to Australia, settling in Melbourne in 1965. He graduated with a Diploma of Art (Printmaking) from the Prahran College of Advanced Education in 1976, and began a Post Graduate Diploma (Printmaking) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1977.

His work was included in a Print Council of Australia exhibition which toured France in 1976. Walker's work continued to be selected for other group exhibitions including: the St Kilda Acquisitive Exhibition, Melbourne (1982, '84, and '85); A First Look: The Philip Morris Arts Grant Purchase, Australian National Gallery at the Australian National University, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra (1986); A New Generation 1983 - 1988 The Philip Morris Arts Grant Purchases, Australian National Gallery, Canberra (1988); Recent Australian Painting, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne (1991); Works on Paper, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (1994); The Blake Prize for Religious Art and touring (1995/96); Mulch & Metaphors: The Garden in Contemporary Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, Victoria (1997); Changing Surfaces, Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria (2003); and The Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2007).

The artist's first solo exhibition was held in Melbourne in 1980. He has continued to exhibit nationally ever since. In Melbourne he is represented by Australian Galleries, in Canberra by Beaver Galleries, in Hobart by Bett Gallery and in Brisbane by Heiser Gallery.

Walker's work is represented in collections in the British Museum and Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan and throughout Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Artbank, University of New South Wales, Philip Morris Arts Grant Collection: Parliament House, Canberra, Macquarie Bank, and AXA Australia.

Curriculum vitae (2016)