Deborah Walker

The artworks are often described as forceful yet enigmatic, largely due to the contrast between everyday objects and the implied sacred quality given to them.  Simple daily rituals such as reading a book are seen through a lingering gaze on her subjects and transform subtlety into something indefinable and dream-like. These metaphysical motifs are explored at length in Walker’s on-going practice, which is both poetic and able to suggest a circular narrative, one that fosters various states between the viewer and the work.


Walker has completed a PhD (Enigma & Art), a post-graduate at Victorian College of Arts as well as Fine Art undergraduate degree and Masters of Fine Art at Monash University.  She has had an extensive involvement in art education, working at key art institution in the country. She works extensively in both painting and graphic medium and exhibited regularly in both disciplines, including 80 exhibitions and 16 solo exhibitions over the past twenty years; both at a national and international level. 

The artist has received numerous Australian awards, grants and residencies that include Artist in Residence at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and the Arthur Boyd Trust, Bundanon. 

She was been shortlisted in Gallipoli Art Prize 2017, Bayside Art Prize, 2016/17, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, 2014/15/16 Geelong Art Prize, 2014, Finalist in Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 2015 and part of Melbourne Now Open Studio Program at St.Kilda Council Art Studios where she was a resident artist.  She is represented in all major collections throughout Australia including the Australian National Gallery, Victorian National Gallery as well as collections in U.S.A and Europe.


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