Caroline Walker’s paintings reveal the diverse social, cultural and economic experiences of women living in contemporary society. Drawing on her own photographic source material, Walker provides a unique window into the everyday lives of women. Blurring the boundary between objectivity and lived experience, the artist highlights often overlooked jobs performed by women and the psychologically charged spaces they inhabit.
Walker explains: “The subject of my paintings in its broadest sense is women’s experience, whether that is the imagined interior life of a glimpsed shop worker, a closely observed portrayal of my mother working in the family home, or women I’ve had the privilege of spending time with in their place of work. From the anonymous to the highly personal, what links all these subjects is an investigation of an experience which is specifically female.”
Previously encompassing locations such as Los Angeles, Palm Springs and the UK, Walker’s scenes hint at the complexity of her subjects’ lives whilst completely avoiding narrative resolution. Recent works have seen Walker cast her eye to her immediate surroundings in East London, reflecting on her wider community and the significance of encounters with anonymous individuals who are nevertheless integral to our daily existence. Often exploring the notion of ‘women’s work’, the artist captures specific spaces such as pharmacies, tailors, beauty salons, laboratories, bathhouses and modernist apartments.
Caroline Walker (b.1982, Dunfermline, Scotland) lives and works in London. Walker obtained an MA in painting from Royal College of Art, London in 2009 and a BA (Hons) from Glasgow School of Art in 2004. The artist is also represented by GRIMM, Amsterdam / New York and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Nearby’, GRIMM, New York, USA (2021); 'Janet', Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (2020); ‘Actions Part 2: Home’, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK (2018); ‘Sunset’, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, USA (2018) and ‘Painted Ladies’, Space K, Gwacheon, South Korea (2017).
Her work can be found in numerous international collections including Arts Council Collection, UK; Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands; Government Art Collection, UK; National Museum Wales, UK; Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway and De Ying Foundation, South Korea.
Walker will present solo exhibitions at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham (UK) and at KM21, The Hague (NL) in 2021. She will feature in the touring group exhibition British Art Show 9 in 2022.