Mapping London: The Island & London Subterranea: Walter’s work centres on a fascination with mapping and the concept of place. Obsessive drawing techniques often make each work an intricate and layered world in itself, an inter-play between the micro and the macrocosm.
In his maps, Walter combines history, trivia, personal experience, local knowledge and imaginative additions to creatively explore an area in all its contradictory complexity.
About The Speaker:
Stephen Walter is a British artist and writer who has exhibited his work around the world and his pieces are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the British Library. Stephen Walter’s drawings are a tangle of signs, words and images that draw the viewer into the artist’s intricate worlds. His work is crowded with today’s (sub)cultural symbols and obsessive tendencies; but it also celebrates traditional techniques, craftsmanship and Romantic notions of place. Walter’s major project ‘The Island, London Series’ was published by TAG in 2008 and has enjoyed sustained critical acclaim ever since. In each of these borough prints, Walter combines history, trivia, personal experience, local knowledge and imaginative additions to creatively explore an area in all its contradictory complexity
Stephen’s solo shows include – Shapero Modern, London (2016); Londonewcastle Space, London with TAG Fine Arts (2013); The Courtauld Inst. (2009); The Crypt St Pancras Church (2008); The Royal Academy Of Arts Café (2007) The Drawing Gallery (2005); Deutsche Bank, London (2004);
His group exhibitions include – James Freeman Gallery, London (2017); Somerset House, London (2016); Museum aan de Stroom, Belgium (2015); Royal Geographical Society, London ; Parc culturel de Rentilly, France (2014); Dallas Contemporary, USA (2014); Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London (2014); London Transport Museum (2012); Spaceship, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012); British Library (2010); Torrance Art Museum, CA, USA (2011); British Library (2010); The Bluecoat, Liverpool (2009); Sunderland Museum (2009); IMA Village, Berlin (2009); Purdy Hicks Gallery (2008); Victoria & Albert Museum (2008); Lookal01, Holland (2014 / 2007); 10 years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, International touring (2006-08); Abbot Hall, Kendal, (2006); The LAB, San Francisco (2005); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004 (UK touring); Cornerhouse Gallery Manchester (2006); Studio 6, Fitzroy, Australia (2005); RA Summer Show (2004/05/06/07/09/10);
Awards include – Fellowship in Printmaking – Royal Academy Schools (2005-07); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004 (2nd Prize), Tim Mara Charitable Trust (2001), Suny Purchase Travel Award, USA (2001); Drawing Prize, RCA, London (2001).
His work is held in private collections in Europe and the US. Public collections including – British Library; British Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; Houses of Parliament Museum; British Government Collection; Deutsche Bank (London); Trussardi Foundation, Milan; University of Manchester Library Collection; London Borough of Barnet; RCA Print and Drawing Archive.
Stephen will be speaking at this year’s North London Story Festival on Tuesday 13th March at 6pm in the Boardroom C219. In order to guarantee a seat for this event, please rsvp via this Eventbrite page.
The North London Story Festival is a free event and open to students, faculty and members of the public.