This work has been one of my all time favourites since I first set eyes on it. And I have no idea why. There is just something about it, the colours, the darkness, the dreamlike cloudiness, I don’t know. I love it.
The odd thing is, when I researched the artist, Emma Walker, her work is nothing like this. I love her other stuff too, but it holds little similarity to this.
I love the chunkiness of this, overlaid with the finer lines it seems almost sculptural. There are colours I would never choose and a haphazard brushstroke which I will never have the dedication to master, but I find it absolutely mesmerising.
“Her work explores the connections between landscape, memory and the subconscious”
Emma Walker is currently based on the NSW North Coast, but she started as a Sydney girl and has moved outward from there, exhibiting solo around Australia and in many group exhibitions both within Australia and internationally.
As a child, Emma Walker managed to scoop Brett Whitely as a mentor and spent many hours in his Sydney studio, how can a person not become Australia’s favourite contemporary artist with that behind you? But her work is all her own, she brings so much depth to her painting, her skill is not to be doubted. And as a bonus here are some artists books she has done!