D.W.C. North Pole - Artist Christopher Walker

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Artist Christopher Walker was born in Montreal, Quebec. As a child, his oil paintings depicting Quebec rural landscape gave birth to his love and dedication towards art and the environment. His formal artistic education was at the Ontario College of Art from 1983 to 1987 where he began experimenting in different media and compositional development. Having a long list of scientific interests, Walker developed the ability to blend his artistic distinction with his respect for scientific accuracy. He has worked as an art director of illustrated science books and has illustrated four to his credit. Walker has also been commissioned by museums and was art director for the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary in Victoria, B.C. His departure from expository illustration gave Walker boundless freedom to face new challenges in his work. His unique themes and powerful compositions developed into a higher standard of research. Walker's paintings can only be conceived from the actual experience of the subject.

On August 22, 1994, the C.C.G.S. Louis S. St. Laurent and the U.S.C.G.S. Polar Sea icebreakers entered history as the first North American surface vessels to reach the North Pole. Walker is now in the Canadian Archives as ship's artist. His work depicting this expedition has been featured on the A&E Network and his originals have travelled across Canada. The work has been seen at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, B.C., The Vancouver Maritime Museum, B.C., The Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Halifax, and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, N.T., and the Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg.

Walker's influences range from Vermeer Van Delft, J.A.D. Ingres, Casper David Friedrich to Alex Colville, Andrew Wyeth, Robert Bateman and George Mcclean. A traditional approach along with a distinctive, contemporary style stemming from his unique yet poetic observations of the human condition and the environment make Walker's art a unique and progressive format of realism. His paintings can be found in international, private and corporate collections including England, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Norway and the United States. He has also been commissioned by the National Science Foundation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada. Walker continues his conceptual development at his studio on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 


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