My story

Dirk A. Walker (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 30 years ago, in the midst of a professional career and 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 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 The 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 in New York City. 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,   

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. I also have been blessed to have had a small
role in the development of my younger brother Bart, a Plein Aire
painter living in Idaho. Although now I would say he’s the teacher
and I the student.

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. Painting to me is a merger of past
techniques and present accomplishments that form a vessel of
creativity. —Dirk Walker

He has collectors across the country as well as overseas — both in private and corporate collections. Dirk’s paintings hang in the Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA corporate headquarters of Coca-Cola and in collections of the Auburn University President’s home.   Most recently Dirk was the only artist outside of Georgia selected by the Atlanta Braves and SunTrust Bank to have work in the new Atlanta Braves stadium in Marietta, GA

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