Breaking News: JRW works in ‘Tree of Life: a testament to endurance’ exhibition, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney

10 April to 30 May 2021

John R. Walker, best known for his landscape paintings, has been exhibiting for over three decades…his works are often sizable and tend to have a carefully spare yet complex and contemplative nature. In particular, his Australia landscapes vibrate with a musicality while …hinting at ridges, expanse and horizons. Rather than represent a single viewpoint…Walker has developed a way to express a fugue-like structure – a set of interwoven elements to invoke being in place. To explain…the frequency of the remote desert hills of South Australia’s Oratunga [Flinders Ranges], Walker sent a link to Armenian sacred music. In the track, a lone mezzo-soprano voice soars in the meandering style of Eastern hymns, moving in pitch as a wind does as it moves across the terrain. Poetry, philosophy and music are inextricably linked to Walker’s visual language.

Varia Karipoff, Interview in Art Guide 16 January 2018