Pat Walker is recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary Southern painters. Her highly representational portraits, still-lifes and landscapes are masterful exercises of chiaroscuro, the manipulation of light and dark. The contrast of light and its absence, evocative of Rembrandt’s use of chiaroscuro, is the defining component of her style. By means of it she aims “to create mystery and emotion.” These two elements are the real subjects of her work. Her classic representations of fruit, jug, table and cloth are windows opening to domestic worlds. The views evoke tales of life in imagined homes and times. Her representation of the human face is a view to the inner world of the subject’s personality; the unarticulated life-quest, heroic, tragic, wise, at-risk, on the cusp of accepting inevitable challenges and the resigned contentment of latter years. Her faces cannot be forgotten. They linger teasing from the viewer’s mind the story that explains; or searching for a name that has the power to keep safe what the viewer experienced. Pat says, “I want the viewer to feel something through their own imagination.”
Pat has been selected for two Oil Painters of America shows. The most recent at the prestigious Bennington Gallery & Museum in Vermont at the Eastern Regional Show. Pat has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (New York); the Mississippi Arts Commission (Jackson, MS); The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (New York); and the Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans). She was the a blue-ribbon winner for PBS. She has won First Place, Best in Show and People Choice Awards along with numerous other awards over the years. Pat has appeared in numerous local and national shows.
Pat has been featured in numerous national publications:
Gallery’s & Artists of the South
American Art Collector with OPA (Oil Painters Of America).
International Richeson Still Life
AMERICAN ARTIST 'HIGHLIGHTS'
Walker's work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the USA and Canada.
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