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September 6, 2005

MEDIA CONTACT:
Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423; mlindsay@gwu.edu
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES:
(202) 994-1525; www.gwu.edu/~bradyart

EXPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPES OF JOHN WALKER ON DISPLAY AT GW's LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY, SEPT. 6-OCT. 28

EVENT: 

The bold, expressionist landscape imagery of painter John Walker comes to life in John Walker: Works on Paper 1990-2004. The exhibition, organized by The Portland Museum of Art in Maine, will feature 24 works including large abstract prints and small oil sketches on paper. 

WHEN:  

Tuesday, Sept. 6 - Friday, Oct. 28, 2005
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE:  

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd floor
805 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)

COST:   

Free and open to the public.  For more information call (202) 994-1525.

BACKGROUND:
 
Walker's works on paper convey the same powerful gestural brush strokes, dense colors, and brooding sensibility of his monumental paintings. The sheer size and painterly effects characterize his prints as transcending traditional graphic techniques to suggest the powerful forces of natural elements - waterfalls, rocks, and tidal estuaries. Much of the imagery in Walker's recent work comes from his contact with the Maine coast where he lives in the summer months.  An avid angler, Walker also has been drawn to the Rocky Mountains, where he has worked over the past decade with Riverhouse Editions in Steamboat Springs, Colo.  In the illustrated brochure that accompanies the exhibition, Ruth Fine, curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, discusses the complex printing processes that Walker employs to masterful effect in monumental prints.  The exhibition was organized by Susan Danly, curator of Graphics, Photography, and Contemporary Art at The Portland Museum of Art.

Head of the Graduate School for Painting at Boston University since 1993, Walker frequently encourages his students to paint outdoors alongside him near his home on a tree-lined, rocky cove of the Johns River in Walpole, Maine. The small oil sketches in this exhibition originate in his practice of painting directly outdoors. A sense of light-filled immediacy and visceral contact with the mudflats that surround him are most evident in these studies. His evocative black-and-white aquatints further capture the luminous glow of moonlight on water.   

Born in Birmingham, England, in 1939, Walker has traveled and exhibited widely throughout his distinguished career as an artist and teacher. Walker's works are found in the collections of many notable museums including The British Museum in London; Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Mass.; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His recent paintings have been featured in exhibitions in Maine, including the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, which opened in March 2001, is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

Support for the exhibition has been provided by various sources, including Barry A. Berkus and family, Knoedler & Company, New York, and funds derived from The George Washington University and the Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.

For more information about the University Art Galleries, call (202) 994-1525 or visit www.gwu.edu/~bradyart.
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