Tom Walker, now 70, left school at 16, started taking art seriously at Brighton Art School evening classes; from 1969-75 lived by his work in Northern Italy. He studied Graphics and Illustration at Brighton Poly 1976-79.
He has been living, working and exhibiting in Lewes and Cooksbridge for 42 years, creating pictures in oils, acrylics and, for the last 30 years, exclusively in pastels. He has pursued themes as far apart as French organ music and snooker in 2 huge projects, shown in St.Paul’s Cathedral in 1990 and Sheffield Wintergarden in 2009 respectively, and he has exhibited in many other parts of the UK, across Europe and in the USA. He has also designed two tapestries: for The Battle of Lewes on show in Lewes Barbican Museum; and the William Marshal tapestry, also stitched in Lewes, now on display in Pembroke Castle.
There have been numerous themes, explorations and obsessions in smaller series in every genre from precise studies to wild abstraction and all stations in between. Nothing is excluded in his onward quest to do better than last time. He taught art at Northease Manor School for 11 years, became self-employed in 1993 and teaches private students in his home studio.
Accordingly, this last exhibition at the happily re-born Star Brewery Gallery, will be a chronological extravaganza providing glimpses of images through the years right up to the latest works that are literally called ‘Glimpses’. As well as original works there will be prints and cards, and everything at knock down prices, so please help him to reduce the amount of pictures he’ll be taking to Devon!
This will be the last of his many exhibitions in Lewes as he and Anita bid farewell to East Sussex. Farewell and thanks to all who have helped, supported, encouraged and even purchased at 10 shows in the Star/Hop/now Star Brewery Gallery, 4 at Northease Manor School, 2 at the Friends Meeting House, the Pelham House Hotel, 4 at the much-missed Foundry Gallery, 2 at Bonne Bouche Chocolate Shop and our 10 Artwave shows in Cooksbridge.
Interview by journalist John May
Audio Production by Simon Kunath
Pastel artist Tom Walker leads us on an adventure with pastels through improvisation.
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Title: Angel | 1980
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Title: Puck | 1984
Medium: Oil on board
Title: Fossilised Bicycle | 1985
Medium: Acrylic on board
Title: L’Orgue Mystique 51 | 1990 Triptych
Medium: Pastel on black paper
Title: Submerged Cathedral | 1998
Title: Dice-section – Snooker in the Frame series | 2005-2009
Title: Transitions 2 diptych | 2009
Title: Arctic Piano 2010
Title: Pear Conference | 2012
Title: Chalk in its own Light | 2013
Title: Still Lives run Deep | 2015
Title: There’s Still Life in East Sussex | 2014
Title: Kimmonite | 2015
Title: Kimmerichthyosaur | 2015
Title: Elephant Eggplant | 2015
Title: Stormlighthouse | 2017
Title: Automatic | 2019
Title: The Last Supper | 2019
Title: Glimpses 10 | 2020
Title: Across a Clouded Room | 2020