Half A World Passed Me By: Artist David Walker unveils colourful new works

Next month, Berlin-based street artist David Walker will unveil
a brand new body of work at London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery.

Featuring several ‘firsts’ for the artist, predominately known
for his large-scale female portraits, Half A World Passed Me By
includes both female and male sitters.

The show also sees the introduction of brushes, acrylics and
new techniques for Walker, whose previous creations were made
exclusively freehand with spray paint. On his new approach,
Walker said: “Although the spray paint medium is still present
in this new body of work, I feel using new approaches and
materials has allowed me a fresh dexterity and an opportunity
to mature as a painter.”

Collaborating with Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist
Yuli Gates on a
number of pieces within the show, David has also used Yuli as a
model for some paintings. Together Walker and Gates have
created works that juxtapose form and flora, fusing painting
with hand embroidery techniques.

The show title ‘Half A World Passed Me By’ contains various
personal references. WaIker explains: “I have been completely
blind in my right eye since birth. It’s not common knowledge as
I didn’t want it to be used as a USP for my work. I also turned
40 last year, coinciding with one of the most difficult periods
in my life for many reasons. In the aftermath I feel far more
fearless as a person and artist, and far more comfortable to
invite people further into my world.

“Nowadays I’m more interested in making my work more intimate,
I endeavour to create things that are an extension of my life
and experience, the people around me and my reality.”

Born in London, Walker is now based in Berlin and has a studio
in a former primary school in Kreuzberg, one of the few
buildings in the area to survive the war. Walker comments on
his now-home: “Berlin is full of life and inspiration, there is
enough here to feed you forever.”

Half A World Passed Me By opens on Friday 17 November and runs
until Saturday 9 December 2017 at Lawrence Alkin Gallery,
London. For more information, visit lawrencealkingallery.com.

Main image: Shadow Play, acrylic and spray paint on canvas,
90cm x 90cm | All images courtesy of the artist & Lawrence
Alkin Gallery

‘The Sun Stares Back’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 160cm x 240cm

‘The Sun Stares Back’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 160cm x
240cm

‘Bartenders Choice’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 140cm x 160cm

‘Bartenders Choice’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 140cm x
160cm

‘Yesterday’s Snow’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 100cm x 200cm

‘Yesterday’s Snow’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 100cm x
200cm

​‘We The Fever’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 50cm x 70cm

​‘We The Fever’ acrylic and spray paint on canvas 50cm x 70cm

David Walker x Yuli Gates ‘Form & Flora – Eye’ acrylic and embroidery on linen D23cm

David Walker x Yuli Gates ‘Form & Flora – Eye’ acrylic and
embroidery on linen D23cm

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