Murray Walker as an artist sits uncomfortably in any construct of a history of Australian art. He is one of this country’s most accomplished and respected printmakers and has made a huge contribution to assemblage art and painting, yet has lived for most of his life under the radar.
He has exhibited professionally for more than half a century and is represented in almost a hundred public collections, nationally and internationally, but does not enjoy widespread recognition and has been described as ‘the best kept secret in Australian art’. His work is tough, awkward and unconventional; it is vivid and brilliant in its inventiveness; as well as provocative, challenging and possessing a huge sense of presence. He worships bricolage, chance and believes in the power of the found object with its endless range of associative possibilities.
I have always felt an enormous sense of ‘compression’ in Murray Walker’s art, where humour and pain are brought together, street art and graffiti become fellow travellers and join forces with the exquisitely crafted art object, and the immediate and politically topical appear as the dark side of the vernacular Australian and international urban landscape. The work in Helter Skelter spans over a decade and three continents and in its final analysis celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of darkness that surround it.
– Professor Sasha Grishin, AM, FAHA
The Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History, Australian National University
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
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