Barbara Walker


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Year 2021
Medium Colour pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.5 x 21 cm
Top pick Russell Tovey, actor and Talk Art host

About the work

This drawing made with colour pencil on paper, is a portrait of Walker’s granddaughter when she was 11 years old.

About the artist:

Born 1964 Birmingham, Barbara Walker MBE lives and works in Birmingham. Graduated from BA Art and Design University of Central England (1996).

Walker’s work is informed by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and the lives of those around her. Growing up in Birmingham, her experiences have directly shaped a practice concerned with issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging. Her figurative drawings and paintings tell contemporary stories hinged on historical circumstances, making them universally understood and reflecting a human perspective on the state of affairs in her native Britain and elsewhere.

Her works are held in public and private collections including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry; Arts Council Collection, London; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; Government Art Collection, London; The British Museum, London; US Embassy Collection, London; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Facebook, London; Guest Projects, London; New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester; Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York; and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Selected solo exhibitions include Place, Space and who, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2019); Vanishing Point, Jerwood Gallery, London (2018); Shock and Awe, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham (2016); Sub Urban, James Hockey Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (2015); and As Seen, Tiwani Contemporary London (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Portrayals, Arts Council Collection, Banbury Museum Art Gallery (2020); Everyday Heroes, The Haywood Gallery, London (2020); Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday, Online, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2020); Lahore Biennale (2020); Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019); Protest and Remembrance, Alan Cristea Gallery, London (2019); Zeichen, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen (2018); Frederick Douglass: Embers of Freedom, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2019); Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford (2018); and The Gallery of Small Things, Dakar Biennale (2018).

Awards include the Drawing Room Bursary Award (2018); Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2020); Bridget Riley Fellowship at The British School at Rome (2020); and the inaugural Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in association with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (2017).

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