Walker, Backyard Archeological Dig, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 7


Katie Walker

Katie Walker (b. 1970, Pensacola, Fla.) has exhibited in the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art; the Spartanburg (S.C.) Museum of Art; the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History; the Columbia (S.C.) Museum of Art; and the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. Her work was included in the 2005 Florence Biennale in Italy, where she was an award winner. Since 1991, Walker’s work has been in more than 70 exhibitions throughout the Southeast and beyond. She has taught at Furman University in Greenville, where she earned her BA in studio art. She holds an MFA from the University of Georgia and studied and taught in the university’s Cortona Study Abroad program in Italy. Her work appeared in New American Paintings, Vol. 40, 2002, and the publication’s 2010 anniversary edition. She lives in Greenville.

Statement of support:

Katie Walker’s large-scale abstract paintings vividly reflect the energy that the artist projects onto her canvases. Her bold painting and mark making is deliberate and confident. The interactions between color, line, surface and, at times, the raw canvas, reflect tensions between those elements or a flattering balance within their shared relationship in the final work. South Carolina has a strong history of abstract painting, and while Walker’s work complements that tradition, it is finding its own place within the visual culture in this region..

Paul Matheny, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia

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