John Walker Green Alba-Kingston 1979-80

  • Not on view

John Walker layers thick, caked-up colors on top of each other, creating heavily built-up surfaces. The artist has spoken of his work as "a conversation between flatness and depth, between the wall and the window, if you like." In Green Alba-Kingston, as in many of his abstract paintings, the central vertical structure can be seen as a surrogate for the human figure. The title of this painting refers in part to Goya’s portraits of the Duchess of Alba, and the work shows the influences of both Goya and Velázquez.

Gallery label from Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, May 3–July 10, 2006.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
6' 6 1/8" x 66" (198.1 x 167.6 cm)
Credit
Gift of Edward R. Broida
Object number
803.2005
Copyright
© 2019 John Walker
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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