Barbara Walker’s paintings and drawings of the human figure open up a dialogue with viewers concerning the notions about race identity, belonging, class, power and the politics of how we look at others. Working in a range of media and formats, from works on paper and canvas to large-scale wall installations Walker is particularly concerned with social and political issues with particular reference to history and cultural differences in contemporary life. Her work often looks at the world around her, particularly what she sees reflected in the communities in which she lives and works. Barbara Walker was awarded a 1st Class BA in Art and Design by the University of Central England, Birmingham, 1996, where she is currently based. She has undertaken several residencies and has had a significant number of solo exhibitions of her drawings and paintings, in the UK. Her work has also been included in international exhibitions.
Recent exhibitions include:
New Art Exchange, Nottingham 2017; Kristin Hjellejgarde, London 2017; Mac Birmingham, Birmingham, 2016; James Hockey Gallery, Farnham, Surrey 2015; galleryELL, London and New York, 2014; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2014; Djangoly Gallery, Nottingham, 2013; Tiwani Contemporary, London, 2013; Launch F18, New York, 2013; Fehily Contemporary Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; The New Art Gallery Walsall, 2011; Vane Contemporary, Newcastle Upon Tyne; 2008; East International 09, 2009; The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, 2008. In 2015 her work was acquired for the Arts Council Collection and subsequently selected by the art critic Jennifer Higgie for the major touring exhibition, ‘One Day, Something Happens’. Her work is held in private and public collections including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Arts Council Collection, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, The Usher Gallery and The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.