Artist’s Statement:

My work researches the boundaries of pictorial space. I use a wide range of media to test, invent and extend this visual realm using drawing, painting and artist’s books, animation, moving image and Virtual Reality. I work iteratively to produce serial bodies of work that accumulate to form immersive installations. The visual complexity of these exhibitions is a form of maximalism in which multiple works are embedded amongst one another to produce a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. The hybrid approach that I take to inventing new images grows out of a culture of collage. On another level this involves my conjoining other disciplines together and developing new relationships between practitioners. Often hospitality becomes a device for disseminating the ideas prevalent in my work as well as premising a place to display it. I have collaborated with artists, designers and scientists. Biology currently informs how I think about the process by which meaning is constructed in my work via the sequencing of meaningless parts into meaningful wholes. This relates to the production values that I employ, which I often refer to as shonky, by which I mean that which scrambles the coordinates of the familiar to produce the new and affective. My work extends the limits of painting by mapping new regions of space in which a larger repertoire of artistic behaviours can take place.


John Walter (b. Dartford, 1978) is a visual artist working across a diverse range of media including painting, moving image, installation and curating. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and Design, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art and was awarded a doctorate by The University of Westminster in 2017. In 2006 he was artist in residence at KIAC in Dawson City, Canada. Between 2006-8 he was Sainsbury Scholar at The British School at Rome. He was a participant in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. In 2017 he undertook a residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England have supported his work. He was awarded the 2016 Hayward Curatorial Open for Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness. The Arts Council Collection and The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool have collected his work. Recent exhibitions include: Booze Guitar (Matt’s Gallery, 2018); CAPSID (CGP and HOME, 2018); Somewhere in Between (Wellcome Collection, 2018); Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity (Walker Art Gallery, 2017); The Zany Capsid (Hardwick Gallery, 2017); Essex Road III (Tintype, 2016).

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Portrait by Grant Anderson