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ARTISTS | Emma Walker


Emma Walker’s practice consistently engages with the natural world. An explorer at heart, Walker has informed her visual language through extensive travel and an inbuilt desire to constantly engage with the world around her. Poetry, philosophy, photography and music are all vital components of her process. Walker’s paintings are multi-layered, being as much about the medium of paint and the process of painting as with an experience of the Australian landscape and the world of nature. Her work explores the connections between landscape, memory and the subconscious.

Her work features in several major public and corporate collections including Macquarie Bank, The Australian Club, Grafton Regional Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, Bond University, Lowensteins and Gold Coast City Gallery  in addition to various private collections in Australia, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and The United States.  In 2014 Walker won the prestigious JADA drawing prize.





Emma Walker


2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney
1992 Diploma of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney

Awards and Residencies

2017 Salon des Refusés, Wynne Prize, S.E. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2014 Winner of the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).
2017 Paddington Art Prize, Sydney (finalist)
2013 Paddington Art prize, Sydney (Finalist)
2010 Paddington Art prize, Sydney (Finalist)
2008 Paddington Art prize, Sydney (Finalist)
Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs (finalist)
2006 Norville Art prize, Murrurundi, NSW (finalist)
1995 Artist in residence, Hill End

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Dark Sublime, Lismore Regional Gallery
2018 Surface Immersion, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair – Arthouse Gallery
2017 Sediment Songs Coda, Grafton Regional Gallery
2016 Sediment Songs, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2015 Intimate Immensity, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2014 Art at the Airport, Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport
2013 Walk The Line, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Finding Form, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2010 The Dawn Language, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2010 Pollination, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Silent Geography, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2008 Outliving The Night, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2007 New work, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2006 New paintings, King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
2002 Floating World, , King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
2000 From Little Things, Big Things Grow, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney
1999 Tidal Fragments, Broken Bay, King Street Gallery, Sydney
1997 Somewhere To Fly, King Street Gallery, Sydney
1991 Pod Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 The Way You Came, Arthouse Gallery Sydney
An Invitation Not a Command, curated by Christine Willcocks, BSA Project Space
2017 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair – Arthouse Gallery
On Paper, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
Summer 17, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2016 Under The Sun, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2015 Salon Des Refuses, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Under The Sun 15, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
Unfolding Splendour, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2014 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional
Gallery, (Winner)
2013 Eternity, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
Five Big Paintings, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
A Quartet of Artists, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
2012 From the Studio, Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
2010 Paddington Art Prize, Sydney
Gallery artists, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Summer Exhibition, gallery artists, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
The View From Here, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, The Australian
Landscape, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney Australian Contemporary Art,
The Rotunda, Hong Kong
2008 Solstice II, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Paddington Art Prize, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
Singapore Art Fair, Gaffer Studio
2×2, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Surface Tension, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Alice Prize Exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Hong Kong Art Walk, Hong Kong
Contemporary Australian Art, Gaffer Studio, Hong Kong
“and the brightness begins…” Cape Gallery, Byron Bay
Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Paint, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour
2007 Pure, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2006/7 Summer Show, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2006 Local Art, Lismore Regional Gallery at the Byron Bay Writers
2006 Norville Art Prize, Murrurundi
2005 Oceans 11, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW
Group Show, King Street Gallery, Sydney
Last show of the year, King Street Gallery,Sydney
2003 Country energy art prize (highly commended) , Armidale
Regional gallery, NSW
330 show, King Street Gallery on Burton
2002 King Street Gallery at Span Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Monochromatic, King Street Gallery
Bat, Ball and Brush, A Summer of Cricket and Art at the S.C.G, Sydney
2000 Redlands Westpac Exhibition
Women and the Landscape, King Street Gallery on Burton
Things of Wood, King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
Group show, King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
1999 New 9, Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney University, Sydney
Last show of the year, King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
1998 Our Collection-The Artists of Hill End, 1947 – 1998,
Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
Last show of the year,King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
Gallery artists, King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
1997 Gallery artists, King Street Gallery on Burton Sydney
Horizon Line, King Street Gallery, Newtown, Sydney
1996 Guitar Shaped World, Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
Fishers Ghost Prize, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, NSW
1995-96 The Artists of Hill End, Art Gallery of NSW, touring Bathurst;
Armidale; Broken Hill ; Ballarat Regional Galleries
1995 Fresh, (with Pamela Cowper), Gallery on Booth, Sydney
Alumni Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney
1994 Dissonance, Woollongong University Art Gallery, NSW
1992 Drawing Show, Pod Gallery
1988 Dua Bersama, (With Enrico Soekarno), Mitra Budaya, Jakarta, Indonesia
1986 Ad in Fine Art Um, Surry Street Gallery, Sydney


Macquarie Bank Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Bond University Collection, Tweed Regional Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery, Gold Coast Regional Gallery, The Australia Club, Lowensteins Arts Management,
Jackson Smith Solicitors, Sir Herman Black Gallery Collection, Sydney University
Private Collections

Selected Bibliography

2018 Louella Hays, interview, Artist Profile Magazine
2017 Nadine Abensur, Interview, BAM (Byron Arts Magazine)
2014 Candida Baker: Emma Walker: Artist in Full Flood, Veranda
Magazine profile
2009 Kate Adams: Emma Walker, Field of Dreams, Artist Profile
Magazine, July p64,65
2007 Lois Randal , Weekend Star, January 20
2006 Alex Warren: Starters, Insideout Magazine
Youssef, Sherine: Sydney Serenity, Maddison Magazine
2002 Lenny Ann Low: Metropolitan, The Sydney Morning Herald
Lisa Pryor: Spotlight, The Sydney Morning Herald
1999 Smee, Sebastian: Review, The Galleries, The Sydney Morning Herald
1997 Smee, Sebastian: 180 Degrees of Separation, The Sydney Morning Herald
1995 Artists of Hill End, In The Picture Exhibition preview

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