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“Half A World Passed Me By”, In the Studio with David Walker

Posted on November 13, 2017

Known well as a portrait painter of pensively wistful women across numerous expansive walls in cities around the globe in the last decade, Street Artist/muralist/fine artist David Walker is opening his scope of work to new things. Men for example.

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

“Half a World Passed Me By” represents a turning point for the artist, or a few, says Walker, of the new exhibition opening at Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London this week. Of course he’s still using spray paint, but “I feel that using new approaches and materials has allowed me a fresh dexterity and an opportunity to mature as a painter,” he says.

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

Maybe it was simply the event of turning 40 years old, but Walker tells us that he’s experiencing a new sense of freedom to explore that he didn’t have before and the two-level show includes figurative works, studies and sketches, along with a new series of text-based paintings featuring his own writings.

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

‘Half A World Passed Me By’ refers to a few changes for the artist, including talking about something he says he hasn’t felt comfortable speaking of previously.

“I have been completely blind in my right eye since birth. It’s not common knowledge,” he says, as he didn’t want it to cloud perceptions of his work. Whatever obstacles he’s referring to, the new collection speaks for itself. In the meantime we’re happy to hear him say,”I feel far more fearless as a person and artist and far more comfortable to invite people further into my world.”

Take a look at these new images, including exclusive process shots for BSA readers, thanks to photographer Yuli Gates.

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)


David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

David Walker. Half A World Passed Me By. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. London. (photo © Yuli Gates)

David Walker’s Half A World Passed Me By opens this Thursday, Novemeber 16th. Click HERE for more details.

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