Jake Walker describes his practice as a type of ‘folk modernism’
that returns emphasis to the hand and method of the artist. Often
making his paintings over long periods of time, Walker allows
colours, marks and layers to gradually accrue to form surfaces
dense with detail and suggestion. Walker’s ceramic frames carry
their own sense of history, carefully revealing stages of the firing
process. Their protrusions and appendages evoke instruments
of antiquity and pieces of modernist pottery. They subvert their
traditional function as ‘window frames’ for pictorial space, and
become sculptural containers for the painted object, enclosing it
and charging it with energy.
Born in New Zealand in 1971, Jake Walker received his MFA
at Otago School of Fine Art in Dunedin in 1991. He has lived in
Sydney and Melbourne and recently returned to New Zealand,
now residing in a small town outside of Wellington. Solo
exhibitions of his work have been held in Sydney, Melbourne,
Wellington and New York. Walker was a Gertrude Contemporary
resident studio artist from 2011 to 2012.
Walker is represented in the Wallace Arts Trust, Chartwell
Collection (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki), the Joyce Nissan
collection, the Te Papa Tongarewa collection, as well as various
private collections in New Zealand, Australia and internationally.