We’re excited to announce our inaugural studio drop! It is the first of a series designed to highlight exciting new work made by young and emerging artists from across the globe.
For our first drop, we take you to the Bristol studio of Joe Warrior-Walker, and give you exclusive access to four new works on canvas.
The abstracted paintings of Joe Warrior-Walker draw inspiration from landscape and movement. Through spending his childhood travelling between the UK and India, his works reflect a personal memory of these particular landscapes and the journeys through them.
Warrior-Walker’s canvases, with their raw and dynamic surfaces, do not look for direct depiction, but rather present an accumulation of memories, stitched together to create a pictorial framework. By capturing the way in which we intersect with the physical world, Warrior-Walker’s paintings seek to reflect how we move through the natural world.
Using acrylics, oils and pure pigments, Warrior-Walker balances gestural strokes with restraint. The artist’s process is intuitive, gradually building up layers of paint to create a dense surface with thick textures and thin washes that allude to an internal space and perspective. His works retain traces of tangible, physical elements, oscillating between abstraction and figuration.
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Born in 1989, Joe Warrior-Walker grew up in St Ives, Cornwall. Much of his childhood was spent travelling across India – his mother’s homeland. In 2009, Warrior-Walker began a BA in Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art. He then went on to complete a Masters Degree at University of East Anglia London.
Warrior-Walker is being presented in an upcoming solo show of new works, ‘Chalkland’ at Septieme Gallery Paris, France, later this year. Recent solo shows include ‘When Patterns Form Pictures’ at That Art Gallery Bristol, UK in 2018, and ‘Pentimento’ at Tungsten Gallery, London, UK. Warrior Walker’s work has also been shown in a number of group shows, including ‘Now Now’, curated by Ed Broner at Breach Gallery, Miami, USA, 2021, ‘A Generous Space’, curated by Matthew Burrows at Hastings Contemporary Gallery, UK, 2021 and most recently ‘Crossing Point’ at Durden & Ray Gallery, Los Angeles, 2022.
He lives and works in Bristol.