Nick Walker (artist)
|Born||1969 (age 48–49)|
|Known for||Graffiti, Street art, Bristol underground scene|
In 2006 a spray painted work of Walker's titled "Moona Lisa" sold for an unexpected £54,000 at Bonhams in London. At a solo exhibition at London's Black Rat Gallery in 2008, £750,000 worth of art was sold, with dozens of people camping outside the gallery overnight.
Walker was a main participant in the 2011 See No Evil event in Bristol, where he painted "perhaps the most striking piece at the event", one of his bowler-hatted gentleman on the side of a tower block in Nelson Street.
Walker was the first artist-in-residence of the Quin Arts program at the Quin Hotel in New York City. Walker created 15 original pieces on-site for the Quin’s permanent collection during his residency in 2013, shortly following the hotel's opening. In February 2016, Walker revisited the Quin to show both historic images, as well as a new vocabulary of abstraction. This solo exhibit, curated by DK Johnston, presented 25 original works and opened the hotel’s Quin Arts program for the 2016 season. In November 2016, Walker joined a cohort of fellow former Quin Arts artists-in-residence in using a D’Angelico Guitar as their “canvas,” for an artist salon. His design featured curvilinear numbers resembling musical notes.
Walker still lives in Bristol.
- Moona Lisa - painting of the Mona Lisa showing her bottom. Sold in 2006.
- The Morning After New York - painted in 2008 in East Village, New York. The building was threatened with demolition in 2011.
- Pope - painted on a ticket hut in London for the pontiff's visit in 2010.
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- Eller, Matthew. "Preview: D'Angelico Guitars as Reimagined by 14 Artists Featuring Nick Walker, Above, AVSP, and many more NYC". Street Art News. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- Wright, Steve (2007). Banksy's Bristol: Home Sweet Home. Bath: Tangent Books. p. 4. ISBN 9781906477004.
- Gleadell, Colin (20 September 2010). "Art Market News: Dealers compete for Pope graffiti at British art fair". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "Nick Walker "A Sequence of Events" at Black Rat (London) : Brooklyn Street Art". www.brooklynstreetart.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.