Contained in the strict geometry of a box frame, the thickly encrusted black oil paint has its own surface topography; it also suggests the infinite possible dimensions of pictorial space. It’s a picture at the edges of that definition: almost a sculptural relief, almost purely abstract, almost more about laboriously building a space than marking a surface.
–Excerpt from Jake Walker: The Town Belt, catalogue essay by Abby Cunnane, Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Born in New Zealand in 1971, Jake Walker received his MFA at Otago School of Fine Art in Dunedin in 1991. Recent solo exhibitions include Geyserland, Dutton Gallery, New York; Suggested Things, Hamish McKay, Wellington, 2016; Unemployment Works, Station, Melbourne, 2016; Sydney Contemporary Art Fair with Gallery 9, 2015; The Town Belt, City Gallery, Wellington, 2014; Paintings Questions, Gallery 9, Sydney, 2013; Painting and Relief, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, 2012. Select group exhibitions include 5 Perspectives, The Young, Wellington, 2014; Assembly, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Never-Never Land, Roslyn Oxley 9 in collaboration with Utopian Slumps, Sydney, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013.
Walker’s work is held in the Wallace Arts Trust, Chartwell Collection (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki), the Joyce Nissan collection, the Te Papa Tongarewa collection, as well as various private collections in New Zealand, Australia and internationally. Walker was a Gertrude Contemporary resident studio artist from 2011 to 2012. He lives and works in Featherston, New Zealand.