Kelley Walker (born 1969 Columbus, Georgia) is an American post-conceptual artist who lives and works in New York City. He uses advertising and digital media to make "paintings" using screen printing and/or digital printing technologies. His art appropriates iconic cultural images, altering them to highlight underlying issues of American politics and consumerism. He produces work collaboratively with artist Wade Guyton under the moniker Guyton\Walker.
Walker often presents large-scale billboard-like canvases set at 90 degree angles, sometimes splattered with abstracted patterns in symbolic white color and chocolate, such as in his Black Star Press from 2006, a digital painting triptych on canvas. Walker’s gestures mimic violence, merging ethical corruption with graffiti and pop art. He also makes sculpture and installation art.
Walker has been the subject of solo and two-person exhibitions at WIELS in Brussels, Belgium; Le Magasin in Grenoble, France; Modern Art Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom; and Museum De Hallen, Haarlem in The Netherlands. His work was included in the 2005 Greater New York exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York and USA Today at the Royal Academy in London. He participated in the 7th Sharjah Biennial, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and the 2007 Lyon Biennale.
He is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin; Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan; and Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels.
- Kelley Walker, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium, 9/6–11/2/2008
- Seth Price/Kelley Walker/Continuous Project, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK, 4/28–7/1/2007
- Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery