HENRY JOCK WALKER
Henry Jock Walker's wide-ranging practice explores possibilities of performance, especially surfing, in tandem with painting and collage through collaboration and socially inclusive events and spectacles. Walker's instincts for breaking up space with line and shapes are somewhat classical despite the use of neoprene in a series of two-dimensional collages, which he sources from fragments of repurposed wetsuits to bring a unique texture and contemporary edge to the work. The stitched seams create soft grooves which behave as graphic elements between brightly colored patches of fabric. Often playful and with unexpected titles, the assorted mix of salvaged neoprene offers varying levels of reflection and light absorption which allows the work to take on a more serious tone at times.
Walker has been working prolifically in Australia for over ten years, showing in leading artist-run spaces and contemporary art organizations, including solo exhibitions at First Draft Gallery, Sydney; Sawtooth ARI, Constance, Tasmania; and BUS Projects and West Space as part of the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. Walker studied at the Art School of South Australia 2006-2008, partly studying in San Diego, California, and completed his honors in 2011 at the Victorian College of Art, Melbourne.