Barbara Walker (b. 1964, Birmingham, UK) lives and works in Birmingham. She received her BA in Art and Design from the University of Central England, Birmingham (1996). Her work is informed by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and the lives of those around her. Growing up in the Black community in Birmingham during the 1960s and 70s, her experiences have directly shaped a practice concerned with issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging. Her figurative drawings and paintings tell contemporary stories hinged on historical circumstances, making them universally understood and reflecting a human perspective on the state of affairs in her native Britain and elsewhere. Walker received the inaugural Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in 2017, in association with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Select solo exhibitions include Shock and Awe, Midlands Arts Centre (2016); Sub Urban, James Hockey Gallery, part of the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham (2015); and As Seen, Tiwani Contemporary, London (2013). Select group exhibitions include Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora, the Royal West of England Academy (2016); Diaspora Pavilion, the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); and A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford (2018). Her work is held in private and public collections including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; The Herbert Art Gallery; and Arts Council Collection.
Last updated: 17.02.2021