William Bond Walker
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At a time when many artists work in video or installations or environments, I prefer to paint-- at the easel or on a tabletop, or in books. In the past I have worked in formats as large as 48 x 60 but in recent years have preferred to work smaller: 20 x 30, or 18 x 24. Working concurrently with easel paintings I keep several sketchbooks going. These “miniatures” are occasionally studies for larger works, but usually are done as ends in themselves. Rarely a leaf may be cut out and framed.
My choice of “subject” is usually abstraction, developed intuitively. Images sometimes emerge, and when appropriate are kept in the development of the painting, and finally may dominate the painting. On other occasions I set out to produce representational paintings, especially landscapes, or less frequently, still lifes or figure paintings. These typically incorporate some degree of abstraction.
I am interested in the power of color and the interaction of color and “design” as components in the evolution of a painting, whether abstract or representational.
In all formats the medium of choice is usually acrylic on paper or board, occasionally combined with ink or crayon. Less frequently I work in casein on paper or board, or rarely, acrylic on canvas. Acrylic compels (or allows) one to work rapidly, but offers flexibility in application of the paint: impasto or thin, opaque or transparent glazes. Blotting the wet surface with textured paper or distressing the wet top layer of paint allows the color underneath to show through, enlivening the surface of the work. The medium’s speed in drying allows over painting and reworking within a short time.
My masters in painting range from Cezanne to Matisse to Dienbenkorn; I am further inspired by the work of Bonnard, Beckmann, Marin, and Marini.
Every painting is a new beginning.
William Bond Walker
1948-49 BisttramSchool of Fine Arts, TaosNM and Los AngelesCA
1949-53 University of Iowa, Iowa City BA in Art/Art History 1953
1957 Pratt Graphic Art Center, NY NY Summer workshop
1958 Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ MA in Library Science
Exhibitions - Solo (Selected)
2005 ParkRowArtGallery, ChathamNY
2003 University of Rochester, Gallery of the Art & Music Library, RochesterNY
2002 BecketArtsCenter, Becket MA
2000 ParkRowArtGallery, ChathamNY
2000 WisemanArtGallery, Old ChathamNY
1999 Hudson Arts Walk, Friends Meeting House, HudsonNY
1998 Hall Space Gallery, ChathamNY
1998 Hudson Opera House, HudsonNY
1997 ParkRowArtGallery, ChathamNY
1996-97 Truffles & Such, Pittsfield NY Retrospective exhibition
Exhibition - Two-Person
2001 Berkshire Artisans, PittsfieldMA, with Franco Pellegrino
Exhibitions - Group (Selected)
2004, 2002, 2001 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY Works on paper
2004 Columbia County Council on the Arts, HudsonNY Ten, a small works show
2003 Hudson Arts Walk, HudsonNY Show at Old Pocket Book Factory
2001 ShakerMountain PerformingArts Festival, DarrowSchool, New LebanonNY
2000 Carrie Haddad Gallery, HudsonNY Painted Cities
2000 Train Station Gallery, West Stockbridge MA included 12 paintings by Walker
2000 Spencertown Academy Spencertown NY Juried show
1999 Atelier 5, CanaanNY Prominence of Light
1998 Atelier 5, CanaanNY Six Canaan artists
1998, 1997 SpencertownAcademy, Spencertown NY Annual juried shows
1997 ParkRowArtGallery, Chatham NY Columbia County Council on the Arts members
1997 BerkshireMuseum, PittsfieldMA juried show, Berkshire Art Association members
1997 Carrie Haddad Gallery, HudsonNY Landscapes by eight artists
Collections: Paintings in 48 private collections in 13 states, California to Massachusetts
In two corporate collections: ABC-TV, NY NY; Heller Ehrman...WashingtonDC
Employment as a Library Director:
Between 1959 and 1994 held position of library director at the following art museums: BrooklynMuseum 1959-1964; National Collection of Fine Arts and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution 1964-1980; Metropolitan Museum of Art 1980-1994. Retired 1994
Phi Beta Kappa, Iowa 1953; Who’s Who in America, 1980-present; Who’s Who in American Art, 1978-present; President of Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-NA) 1975; Distinguished Service Award of ARLIS/NA, 1991.