Walker stated that while creating the Alba forms, he felt the need to 'imbue feeling in them, and the nice thing was that the form was available for a range of feelings. But it was like an abstract form trying to be figurative, so I decided to include other things in the paintings that were figurative, to challenge it, to see if they could co-exist. At first, certain things that were around in my studio, such as skulls or Oceanic sculpture.' (John Walker in conversation with Colin Smith, Colin Smith Studio)
In 1972 Walker represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. He went on to win the John Moores Painting Prize in 1976 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1985. Following a period of residency in Australia, Walker moved to the East Coast of the United Sates, where he currently lives and works.
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