From The Horse's Mouth - Ron Walker
Size: 11x14 in.
Artwork Medium: Clayboard
About The Artist: Suburban Primitive art came about from an interest in primitive art, combined with the knowledge that man has not changed genetically in any major way in the last sixty thousand years coupled with a feeling that the problems of being human probably have changed little as well. Ron Walker's general belief is that life in the suburbs is as exciting and as interesting as anywhere else. People are people and most problems seem to be not only universal but timeless as well. Historically art movements have mostly developed in major cities because of the interaction and exchange of ideas between artists. With the rise of the internet, this advantage has largely evaporated. Quality art can and will develop anywhere, cities, suburbs or country. Much of his work is autobiographical in nature with some recurring themes such as...flux, (change), containment and a sense of mystery, wondering what it's all about. Ron’s work combines both primitive images along with images from the modern suburban experience. In the last few years, his work has been primarily done in gouache or graphite. The gouache dries quickly and enables him to build up color layers and the pencil is fast and convenient. Most of his paintings average 11”x14” making the work both portable and intimate. Walker has been shown in more than 35 solo exhibitions as well as over two hundred group shows. His work has been published in several magazines and books and his biography is in Who’s Who in American Art. Several of Walker’s works are in the Applegate collection which was recently donated to the Museum of Northern California Art, located in Chico, California. This collection will become part of their permanent collection and be on public display when the museum reopens in September 2016. Walker holds an MFA in painting from the University of Kansas and a MA in painting from CMSU. He lives with his wife and two children in the Sacramento area of California, where he teaches and produces art for a living. It is his hope that his work touches the viewer in some way, thought, emotion or memory and makes the journey of life just a bit better.