Joan Mitchell once said that painting isn’t about reality, it’s about life. This new solo exhibition by Jake Walker is an exploration of that sentiment.
Walker’s artistic practice takes the form of a self-consciously continuous process of making, with the goal being to create paintings with personality, self-sufficiency and ultimately, autonomy. His paintings are essentially abstract, yet imbued with an awareness of the messiness and imperfections of life.
Drawing from traditions of assemblage and the readymade, Walker often uses found canvases and salvaged board as the structure upon which painted marks are applied. These new works utilise a predominantly primary palette of reds, yellows and blues, mixed with black and white, moving away from Walker’s trademark monochrome paintings. Largely devoid of figuration, the paintings contain a build-up of colour, surface and marking, with the beginnings often still evident in the finished work.
Walker’s paintings display vestiges of the artist’s hand in it’s many incarnations via inscriptions of the date, initials and etchings into the paint’s surface with the end of his brush – characteristics that also reaffirm the works’ handmade origins and document the passage of time leading to their current form.