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John Walter
updated: 10/02/2012
website: www.johnwalter.net/
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Cuntstone and Clown
The Tarot Garden
Two Peacocks
Space Station Zsa Zsa
EPITOME
CUNTMUBI
LE-zi Bar
Big Book
Pinacoteca - Pina Colada
Bar Zsa Zsa
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collaborative, surreal, architecture, books, humor, collage, gender/sexuality, language, kitsch, narrative
 
 
Cuntstone and Clown by John Walter
Cuntstone and Clown
Installation
2012
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The Tarot Garden by John Walter
The Tarot Garden
Installation
2011
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Two Peacocks by John Walter
Two Peacocks
Installation
2011
Dimensions variable
Space Station Zsa Zsa by John Walter
Space Station Zsa Zsa
Installation
2011
Dimensions variable
EPITOME by John Walter
EPITOME
video still
2011
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CUNTMUBI by John Walter
CUNTMUBI
video still
2011
Dimensions variable
LE-zi Bar by John Walter
LE-zi Bar
Installation
2011
Dimensions variable
Big Book by John Walter
Big Book
Mixed Media on paper, book, 50 double pages
2011
Dimensions variable
Pinacoteca - Pina Colada by John Walter
Pinacoteca - Pina Colada
Installation
2010
Dimensions variable
Bar Zsa Zsa by John Walter
Bar Zsa Zsa
Installation
2010
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
John Walter is a painter. He is the subject and sometimes the form of his own work. He collates his findings into paintings, which act as the platform for his maximal and arresting performative installations. He also makes over-sized artist’s books that are a form of self-portrait in which the protagonist is concealed and then revealed in perpetuity.

He draws references from both high and low culture filtering them and synthesizing them into his very consistent aesthetic. Through his painting and object making he forces the characters of his subconscious to play together; design great Ettore Sottsass may find himself engaged in a dialogue with Mr. Peanut and the artist’s mother. He transposes the structure of his imagination into the real world using elements that everyone can understand.

He is a virtuosic draftsman but rejects classical technique, subverting it through the use of projectors and distorting surfaces. He is a serial collaborator, working with artists whom he often has diametrically opposed practices and processes. This exchange allows him to clarify his own position and simultaneously clarify the position of the other. He is the über appropriationist but also a maestro of artists. The syntax of his paintings acts as the research for his skill in nurturing connections between artists.

Walter’s work is a channeling of social anthropology and psychoanalysis, investigating in either direction the macrocosm of the world outside and the microcosm of his internal world. His work is a dissection of the self, revealing both narcissist and Everyman. His dialectical investigation into his place in the world invites his audience into his constantly revised hermetic lexicon. Like tarot cards he seeks to find common ground with others through a shared reference. His work is a research into language and the dissemination of cants. He is a gregarious loner.

You are invited aboard Space Station Zsa Zsa for a mind-rinsing flight across the Atlantic over the sea of collage, absurdism and lurid colour that could only be Walter’s vision.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected One and Two Person Exhibtions

The Oil Baron's Club, Smart Consultants, Aberdeen
Cuntstone and Clown (with Cian Donnelly), Five Years, London
Double Exposure, Vitrine Gallery, London
LE-zi BAR as part of The Event, The Lombard Method, Birmingham
The Tarot Garden, MEANTIME Project Space, Cheltenham
its all over yer face, Peabody Yard Studios, London
Chopsticks Optional (with Corinne Felgate), The Nunnery, London
Pinacoteca - Pina Colada, Galerie ArsProToto, Germany
Bar Zsa Zsa, Paradise Lost, London
She's My Beard (with Elke Zauner), The Hex at Balfron Tower, London
Pigs Don't Sweat, Galerie ArsProToto, Erlangen, Germany
Maximum Noise, Galleria Marabini, Bologna

Selected Group Exhibitions

20 Rue Jacob, Galeria Rajatila, Tampere, Finland
The News, Vanilla Galleries, Leicester
May 29th, Tether, Nottingham
Circa 1960, Guest Projects, London
The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon Space, London
Two Peacocks, Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Space Station Zsa Zsa, Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea
Attempts to Get Inside the World, Lewisham Art House, London
Rummage Sale, Barbican Gallery, London
Smokefall, Tintype Gallery, London
The Shape of Things, Ferrate Gallery, Israel
Apocalypstick, The Nunnery, London
The Art of Function, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham

Curatorial

Nite Slutz, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA
Ciao! Modernism (with Anna Bunting-Branch) as part of Circa 1960, Guest Projects, London
Two Peacocks, Gallery North, Newcastle
Space Station Zsa Zsa, Pump House Gallery, Battersea
  Education

2012 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2001-2003 Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, MFA
1998-2001 Oxford University, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, BFA