NEW YORK, NY.- Casey Kaplan
, New York announced representation of Ella Walker (b. 1993, Manchester, UK). For Frieze London, October 13 17, 2021 at Regents Park, the gallery will present a solo presentation of paintings by the artist.
Captivated by Italian illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance paintings, along with medieval narratives and symbolism, Ella Walkers oeuvre transforms art historical iconography to invent theatrical scenes of love, tragedy, and mystery within her alluring unstretched, large format canvases. Combining techniques of painting, drawing, and frescoincorporating a vast array of mediums including, tempura, gesso, pastel, and inkWalker creates shallow, stage-like depths of field, interspersing flat planes of color that disturb her viewers holistic sense of structure and composition.
Transforming traditional scenes and spaces into tableaux suffused with drama, romance, mischief, and playfulness, Walkers work inhabits the enigmatic architecture of a daydream. For the artist, the ritual of painting and the act of dreaming are inextricably boundmerging to create, in Walkers own words, a magic realism. Her imageslighthearted yet unsettlingdecisively position Walkers contemporary perspective within a medieval world through the inclusion of current fashion, and a vibrant color palette.
The settings for Walkers fantastical compositions take inspiration from classical ballets and operas, including The Magic Flute. Walker then incorporates invented actors into her compositions from medieval narratives that historically excluded complex female characters.
Walker produces dreamscapes that are often physically and spatially impossible. The resulting paintings contain a multitude of exceptionally thin layers of paint, and washes of pure pigment that are applied gradually to yield ethereal veils of color over underpainted outlines. These imaginary scenes, planted within Walkers theatrically inclined environments, compel her viewers to imagine a world separate from reality. As the artist states, Im drawn to the transformation, the ritual, the ceremony, the party. So, when Im making a painting, I am thinking about an event, and how I can make a version of this exciting experience.
Walker trained in painting and printmaking at Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, UK) and drawing at the Royal Drawing School (London). She currently lives and works in London.
Ella Walkers first solo gallery exhibition in New York is scheduled for May 2022.