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Pre-Raphaelite Rainbows!

17 March 2016 by Laura

Landscape painting

Walton-on-the-Naze, 1860 by Ford Madox Brown (Birmingham Museums Trust)

This week museums all over the world have been taking part in #MuseumRainbow on social media. It’s been wonderful to see all kinds of unique collections shared globally in this joyful way.

Inspired by all the bright colours that have filled my computer screen, it felt like the right time to share one of the stories behind a striking painting featured in the Walker’s exhibition, ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ (open till 5 June 2016). Read more…

Symbolism in Art

19 January 2016 by Megan

WAG-304---Love's-Palace-bloHave you ever wondered what something in a painting means, or what the artist intended to say?

Take the image on the left, a detail from J.M. Strudwick’s ‘Love’s Palace’ (in the Drawing Room at Sudley House). Can you see the bubble? Do you know what it means? Read more…

John Moores 2016 – meeting the jury

8 December 2015 by Lisa

In Gillian Carnegie's studio.

In Gillian Carnegie’s studio.

We’ve had more than 2,500 entries into the John Moores Painting Prize this year and we’re now looking forward to the first stage of judging for this £25,000 prize. Nicola from the John Moores team went down to London last week to meet some of the jury and here’s what she got up to…  Read more…

Graham Crowley: “…a mix of cubist syntax and a raw, punk aesthetic”

5 November 2015 by Lisa

Victorian houses with a shopping mall sign

‘The Chain Store’ © Graham Crowley.

It’s the final few days of the John Moores Painting Prize call for entries and the last weeks of the REALITY exhibition – so who better to interview than an artist strongly connected to both; Graham Crowley.

Tell us about your history with the Walker and the John Moores Painting Prize…

The Walker Art Gallery has been instrumental in exhibiting my paintings and has played a major part in my career. Read more…

Gwen Hardie: skin, light and paint

6 October 2015 by Lisa

Two 'skin portraits' in the REALITY exhibition.

Two ‘skin portraits’ in the REALITY exhibition.

We recently interviewed artist Gwen Hardie, whose ‘skin portraits’ are featured in the ‘REALITY’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery:  Read more…

Art, abandonment and alienation

23 September 2015 by Lisa

'No Such Thing' Graham Crowley, 1993. Image courtesy of the artist.

‘No Such Thing’, Graham Crowley, 1993. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are really pleased that ‘No Such Thing’ by Graham Crowley has returned to the Walker Art Gallery for the REALITY exhibition – it was first displayed here as part of the John Moores Painting Prize in 1993. Graham has continued to have a close relationship with the Walker, eventually becoming a juror for the John Moores in 2008.  Read more…

“What is the reality of painting?”

5 August 2015 by Lisa

Black and white paintings hanging in a gallery

From left to right: ‘Black Star’ and ‘Hollow’ in the REALITY exhibition at the Walker.

The evocative and mysterious  ‘Black Star’ and ‘Hollow’ paintings in our REALITY exhibition, are the work of contemporary artist Alison Watt. Find out more about Alison’s work and her thoughts on painting in this guest blog: Read more…

Picturing Venice: past, present and future

1 June 2015 by Lisa

Nicola at the Grand Canal in Venice.

Nicola at the Grand Canal in Venice.

The Venice Biennale is in full swing and Nicola Cunningham from our Exhibitions team was lucky enough to visit this exciting series of exhibitions during the preview week:  Read more…

Crisis Art Competition

13 May 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Painting of poppies with red and blue backgroundI have always been a strong believer that art has an important role to play in society, so I am really lucky to work closely with the Walker Art Gallery and its inspiring collection of works. I recently got the opportunity to view some more inspiring art when I was asked to be involved in a competition run by run by the homeless charity CrisisRead more…

Restoring the Falaba painting

30 April 2015 by Sam

David Crombie with a painting on an easel with with patches of paint loss

Working on removing excess fill from the losses to bring the levels in line with the rest of the paint surface – there were a lot of big losses!

This is the last of a series following the conservation of the painting ‘Falaba’ by Gerald M Burn, to prepare it for display in the Lusitania: life, loss, legacy exhibition. In previous posts I have described the structural treatment, cleaning and lining of the painting.

Once the painting was safely re-stretched onto the wooden stretcher, the two main things left to do were to fill in the paint losses and then inpaint (or retouch) the losses to match the surrounding original paint. Filling was carried out with fine chalk mixed with a water soluble synthetic resin, giving a paste that could be applied the areas of paint loss – this was done with a small palette knife which helped to imitate some of the texture of the original paint.

Once this had dried out, the excess filler could be removed with small cotton wool swabs wetted with water. After that, I could adjust and improve the fill texture as necessary. Then came the exciting stage Read more…



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