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Richard Walker
Peace and Noise
New Paintings and Prints

27 September - 21 October 2006
Private View 26 September 6-8pm
Artist's talk Wed 4 October 6.30-8.30pm

'Peace and Noise' is an exhibition of new work by Richard Walker, which quite unexpectedly fuses two themes he has explored in the past: landscape and terrorism.

"The images of New York on 9/11 were particularly shocking to me, given my longstanding association with the city and knowledge of its districts, not least the streets round the World Trade Center. They spurred me to produce work on a 9/11 theme in 2002 - whilst in my next exhibition in 2004 I explored quieter, but still elegiac English themes. The events of 7 July 2005 in London propelled themselves into my life - and my work, literally, as my studio is in Tavistock Square where the number 30 bus exploded. This happened right across from my window; I heard the blast and witnessed the scene and its aftermath.

I have always loved the trees in London, especially the mature ones in the parks, squares and gardens. My studio windows overlook a mass of leafy green. After the bombings the whole of the square and surrounding streets became a cordoned-off zone with police guarding the edges. There was an eerie silence for 10 days: no cars, no people, no birds - just forensic teams doing their grim work. All the grass and trees were covered in bright blue tarpaulin sheets and little flags were placed where they had found human remains.

This is the basis of the new paintings: a tranquil park at the height of summer devastated by senseless violence.  These are images of anger and anxiety but also reflection and silence. A recurring motif is the figure of Gandhi, whose statue stands in the middle of Tavistock Square - an ironic but irenic figure stranded in a shredded landscape of carnage and despair.

Now one year on, the square is again full of sunbathers, oblivious to all the sadness and horror that I had seen from my studio.

Thank you to Patti Smith for the inspiration and relevance of her album title 'Peace and Noise' "

                                                         Richard Walker, August 2006

Richard Walker will be exhibiting 'Peace and Noise' in the Main Gallery and in the Upper Gallery will be 'Everywhere & Nowhere, Baby', a contrasting show of paintings and prints produced during the same period.

Image: Richard Walker. The Sound of Silence (detail), mixed media on canvas 2006, 92 x 92cm

If you would like further images of Richard Walkers's work, please contact Natalie Suggitt
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