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- DescriptionCaroline Walker has established herself as one of the UK's most exciting figurative painters of her generation working internationally today. By means of an elegant and seductive yet forthright use of paint, Walker makes paintings that explore ideas of gender in relation to architecture. With a particular interest in femininity, she addresses people's physical, psychological, emotional and social relationships with the buildings in which they spend time- whether at home, at work, at leisure or in more mysterious circumstances. By depicting women undertaking all manner of activities, from everyday chores, sleeping and sunbathing to more obscure or dramatic scenarios, she takes the viewer inside people's private worlds and states of mind. Often it is unclear who the women are or what their relationship is with the premises in which they are located, raising tions of identity, class and roles acted out at different times in people's lives. As many of the locations depicted are luxury houses and apartments, it is hard to say if a particular person is the owner or a tenant, a guest or a maid, opening up ecomic, political, social and cultural questions about the paintings- are we looking at the super rich at leisure, house-sitters, holidaymakers, domestic workers, squatters, or actors on set? While the paintings are often charming and appealing, there is regularly something odd or unexpected underlying them - occasionally verging on the threatening or dangerous. Sometimes dream homes can be anything but...The research and development for Walker's paintings is an elaborate process. Involving numerous life models and actors, she finds properties around the world in which to stage photo shoots. Carefully chosen costumes, accessories and props are brought along, and Walker directs her cast around the property. Following this, the artist makes a number of drawings and oil sketches before settling on a composition to work up into a final painting back in her studio. It is a process that clearly helps to generate the cinematic and theatrical atmosphere that pervades her work. Alongside film influences ranging from Hitchcock to Lynch and recent Hollywood productions, Walker is inspired by artists including Eric Fischl, the Scottish colourists and current painting from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as by the constructed photography of Hannah Starkey, Gregory Crewdson and Jeff Wall. In Every Dream Home- the first mograph of Walker's work - features around fifty key paintings, oil sketches and ink drawings alongside an introductory text by art historian, critic and curator Marco Livingstone, an essay by independent critic and curator Jane Neal, and an interview with the artist by editor and curator Matt Price.
- Author BiographyJane Neal is an independent critic and curator based in Oxford and London. Marco Livingstone is an independent art historian, critic and curator who writes extensively on modern and contemporary art. Matt Price is an independent curator, writer and editor working in Yorkshire and London.
- Author(s)Jane Neal,Marco Livingstone,Matt Price
- PublisherAnomie Publishing
- Date of Publication15/08/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationWakefield
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAnomie Publishing
- Content Note40 pages colour reproductions
- Weight454 g
- Width190 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byMatt Price
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