Murray Walker

Spanning Time

Gallery & Boardroom Exhibition
8 May – 2 June 2021
Opening Saturday 8 May, 6-8pm

Murray WalkerBelow Mount Lonarch in the Pyrenees, 2008Oil on Belgium linen121.5 cm by 91 cm$9,500 Murray WalkerBoxer Read Faust, 2013Oil on Belgium linen32.5 cm by 55.5 cm$3,000 Murray WalkerThe Royal Lion, 2020Bronze assemblages35 cm by 21 cm by 18 cm$3,000 Murray WalkerSleeping Beauty, 2018Bronze assemblages31 cm by 10 cm by 30 cm$3,000

Fox Galleries celebrates Spanning Time, a survey exhibition of the unabashed Murray Walker. Murray is a major contributor to Australian art history with extensive international recognition. With a career spanning over six decades, Spanning Time presents the art artifacts of a time traveller; bronze assemblages, compiled totems and bold expressionist oil paintings across Fox Galleries Boardroom and Gallery. To notice the complexity in Walker’s work is to be brave, to relish in the raw and refined aesthetics that make this rare exhibition a must on the calendar.

It is not easy to distill the career highlights of Murray Walker. Since his first exhibition in Melbourne in 1975, Walker’s works have been acquired in private, regional, and state collections as well as educational institutions across Australia including The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra which currently holds over 300 works in their collection. Walker has been commissioned by the Victorian Tapestry workshop on multiple occasions and is internationally held in collections in Norway, Germany, London, France & USA; notably at the Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway, Germany British Museum, London, UK, Picasso Museum Archives, Paris, France Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA.

Murray Walker is an Australian based artist, cultural anthropologist and writer with a voracious zest for International travel that has led to an extensive exhibiting history and worldwide recognition leaving a strong impact on Australian art. Walker studied Fine Art Melbourne at RMIT and continued his studies at International institutions, in Italy and the competitive Slade School of Fine Art in London.

While a scholar, Walker would be described as an Outsider artist, influenced by Post Expressionists, Dadaists and those who are not afraid to delve into the complexities of the unconscious. Murray describes himself as a “time traveller,” taking you on a cultural pilgrimage from historical literature, archetypal knowledge, to the museum; wading through rituals and revaluations to the streets of graffiti, posters and human interactions to form unique ‘art artifacts.’ A personal history, imbued with complex meaning and mystery that is raw and all familiar. Presented in its refined and condensed aesthetic state, it narrates innocence; diverging materiality across oil painting, lithograph, sculptural assemblage and collage.

EDUCATION

1960-62 Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, UK
1961 Academia della Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy (Summer School Scholarship)
1958-59 National Gallery School and RMIT Art school, Melbourne
1952-53 Ballarat School of Mines Art school, Ballarat

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Helter Skelter, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne.
2014 The Reclaimer: what was once yours is now mine. Chapman & Bailey Art Space in conjunction with John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Recent Work: Assemblage and Sculpture. Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2012 Time Traveller: Assemblages, Sculpture and Painting. Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2008 Memento: Assemblages, Sculpture and Painting. Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2005 Light and Dark: the Glenlogie suite. Monotypes, Australian Print Workshop. Melbourne

COLLECTIONS

Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Museum Der bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, Germany
British Museum, London, UK
The Guildhall, London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Art Collection, City of London, UK
Ararat Regional Gallery
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
The Gary Catalano Collection, Art Gallery of Ballarat
Art Gallery of Ballarat
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
The Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Artbank, Sydney

Full CV