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b. 1971, New Zealand

Jake Walker Biography

Jake Walker’s paintings are a response to the rise in slick, highly resolved contemporary art which de-emphasises the hand made and the mark of the artist. Walker calls it “Folk Modernism” and he describes what he means to Carrie Miller: The conceptual set will argue that making art based on practice and aesthetic judgment can only result in decoration. Yet standing in front of a Diena Georgetti painting you are confronted with a cosmic power beyond the early 20th century abstract content. It’s as if somewhere in the process of applying acrylic paint to board the art gods got involved and turned the work into a pointer to another world. Aesthetically, society is in a crumby place. Most new buildings, cars, clothes, songs and websites are badly designed and constructed. It’s no wonder artists are looking back more and more, slowing down and reassessing things. Let’s move forward; let’s look back.

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Born in New Zealand in 1971, Jake Walker lives and works in Melbourne. Solo exhibitions of Walker’s work have been held in New Zealand and Australia. Walker has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and New Zealand. His work was highly commended in the RBS Emerging Artist Award 2010 and Jake Walker won the inaugural Arkley Award at NOTFAIR, Melbourne. 

Jake Walker Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2016Oil on linen on board in glazed stoneware frame
40 x 47.5 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2017–2018Oil on linen on board in terracotta frame
34 x 41.5 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
#0093 by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake Walker#0093, 2018Acrylic on linen with wood and glazed stoneware frame
45 x 41 x 5 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
Hand by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerHand, 2018Stoneware
24 x 22 x 10 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
Japanese ‘Anagama’ by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerJapanese ‘Anagama’, 2016wood fired ceramic
26 x 11 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2016wood fired ceramic
29 x 100 x 120 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2012-2013oil and enamel on board
41 x 51 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Jake Walker contemporary artwork
Jake WalkerUntitled, 2014acrylic on jute, artist’s earthenware frame
33.5 x 41 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery

Jake Walker Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Jake Walker, In one end out the other at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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21 February–15 March 2020 Jake Walker In one end out the other Hamish McKayWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Black White at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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14 December 2019–25 January 2020 Group Exhibition Black White Hamish McKayWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gems from the fair and the stockroom at Gallery 9, Sydney
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18 September–12 October 2019 Group Exhibition Gems from the fair and the stockroom Gallery 9Sydney

Jake Walker Represented By

Gallery 9 contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia Gallery 9 Sydney
Hamish McKay contemporary art gallery in Wellington, New Zealand Hamish McKay Wellington

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