Biography / Artist Statement


Dirk A. Walker, American Artist (b.1954)
Artist Statement & Artistic Philosophy


I once read “Art is a delicate balance between the visual concept and
each artist’s technique”. After years of chasing that artistic
balance, it is the anticipation of the struggle that keeps me coming
back to the canvas. Some 35 years ago, in the midst of a professional career aynd raising
a family in Birmingham, Alabama, I unknowingly discovered my path in
life that probably was in place since childhood…that I was meant to
be an artist.

It was probably there as a boy watching my father paint in
watercolors, and memories of me constantly sketching in pen and
ink. Then later, majoring in Industrial Design at Auburn University,
the foundation for painting was put in place through academic
training on the importance of concept, composition, perspective,
color and draftsmanship in presenting a visual
message to the viewer.

The moment I first walked into Loretta Goodwin Gallery as a
potential buyer, I realized my desire to learn the process of painting
would be a priority in my life. Through an early friendship with
several local artists I discovered the work and teachings of New
York painter David A. Leffel, a Contemporary Master teaching at the
very prestigious Arts Student League. A pupil of the Dutch and
Flemish Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Pushman;
Leffel’s teachings of the chiaroscuro (light & dark) style of
painting captivated me as a young artist. The interplay of light and
shadow, through texture, shapes, and color transforms the simple
and ubiquitous objects of everyday life into rich creations, and I
knew the timeless quality of his work and those masters before him
was how I would hope to paint eventually.

Through the years I have been so fortunate to meet and form
friendships with so many wonderful painters from all genres as
well as all parts of the country. I think as a painter I’ve learned
little things from so many artists that have shaped and influenced
my growth as an artist.

Years later the only absolute statement I profess to make regarding
the language of painting, is that it is a life long struggle, but one
that is well worth the journey.

It has taken me close to 35 years to realize to be a success as an artist,does not come from sales, having shows, being acknowledged for your talent;it comes from that pivotal moment when you realize the sheer joy you get from taking a painting from concept to completion.

The past two years of being able to pursue my craft without the pressures of gallery ownership has finally allowed me the opportunity to push myself into new directions; and gain a deeper understanding of how far I have developed as an artist and how far I still have to go.

I am so excited about the work I am producing now, it feels alive to me and the combination of abstract qualities and realistic forms seem to continue striking an emotional cord with my viewers.” —Dirk Walker

Dirk Walker’s work is represented by exclusively by galleries in Birmingham for the state of Alabama, Marietta, GA for the state of Georgia, Nashville for the state of Tennessee

The Beverly McNeil Gallery
605 S. 28th Street
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 328-1761

Beverly McNeil , Owner

Brittany Barnes, Gallery Manager

dk Gallery

25 West Park Square

Marietta, GA 30060

Donna Krueger, Gallery Owner

Bennett Galleries

2104 Crestmoor Road
Nashville, TN. 37215

(615) 297-3201

Elizabeth Perkins, Owner


Auburn University
Collection of the University President’s Home
36” H x 48” W, oil
Dirk A Walker Fine Art
Dirk’s paintings can be found in some of the most prominent homes and private collections throughout the Southeast.   Earlier in his career as an artist, Dirk successfully sold work with galleries literally from North Carolina to Wyoming

Few painters have the diversity to have art hanging in corporate collections such as both the Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL corporate headquarters of Coca-Cola, The SunTrust Stadium, Home of the Atlanta Braves,  Children’s Hospital of Alabama, the President’s home of Auburn University, The Bill Harbert Museum in Birmingham, AL,  and the home of Johnny Van Zant, lead singer of the rock and roll band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Most recently he was the 2013 Grand Prize of the Energen Corporation Art Competition and the 2014 Employee’s Choice Winner of the same annual juried art competition.

Corporate & Public Collections Include

SunTrust Park, Home of the Atlanta Braves – Atlanta, GA

Southpoint Bank – Birmingham, AL

Harbert Management Corporation
Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Alabama Power Company
Coca Cola Bottling Co. – Birmingham & Atlanta
Energen Corporation
Burr & Forman LLP
Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis LLC
First Commercial Bank
Regions Financial Corporation
Friedman Dazzio Zulanas & Bowling, P.C.
Christian & Small, LLC
Haskell Slaughter LLC
Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC
Najjar Denaburg, PC
Southpace Properties
Senator J. T. Jabbo Waggoner, State of Alabama
Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport
CRC Insurance Services
Raymond James Financial Services
Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, PC
Iberia Bank
Marathon Corporation
RBC Bank
St. Luke Episcopal Church – Birmingham, AL
Canterbury Presbyterian Church – Birmingham, AL
Church of the Highlands – Birmingham, AL
Tri-fab Steel Corporation
Hoar Construction
G. W. Jones & Sons Real Estate – Huntsville, AL
MG Goodrich Foundation
Hinton Properties
Scholarcraft Corporation – Birmingham, AL
2600 Highland – Home Owners Association
Intergrated Medical Systems
Kenworth of Alabama

Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors

Grandview Medical Hospital – Birmingham, AL

ARC Realty – Birmingham, AL

First Commercial Bank
University of TN / Chattanooga Art Museum – Gifted by Dr. William Mason, Alumni
Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, LLP ( now disbanded )
Studio L interior Design Firm – Scottsdale, AZ
Bank of America Building – Orlando, FL (commissioned through ART & Associates, Atlanta, GA)

Birmingham Title Company

AmSouth Bank

Brookwood Hospital – Birmingham, AL

Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital – Birmingham, AL

MedHelp – Birmingham, AL

For the sake of personal privacy individual collectors are not listed

April 23, 2014

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