Sandy Walker: Figures & Landscapes

A Small Works Retrospective, 1974-2014

"I continue to try to understand the human’s relationship to nature

and the edge where nature becomes human and human is nature..."  ~ Sandy Walker

Second Friday Art Walk: 6-9p, Fri, Oct 10

Closing Reception: 3-5p, Sun, Oct 26

"... force, energy, and urgent gesturing of the human body have steadily informed both the imagery and process of Walker's engagement with art... He is at once a romantic, an abstractionist, and an expressionist, taking the majesty, monumentality, and pulse of nature - trees, mountains and rivers, and oceans - and giving them back to us in a dialogue of form."

~ Janice Ross, from 'American Visions: the Paintings of Sandy Walker'

Editor and publisher of artcritical, David Cohen reviews Sandy Walker's 2013 exhibit in New York:

A Pantheist Finds His Place: Sandy Walker at Elizabeth Harris Gallery

Sandy Walker Addresses the Yale School of Forestry, 2012

"... Art is a revelation. It is a revelation of personal vision, of inner experience, of the partially seen (what we only glimpse), of the ineffable, of the spiritual. Art is the communication also of things we find difficult to express in other ways. It is a means to point (like figuratively to point with our finger) to what we find difficult into other parts of our cognitive processes.

So what does this mean about the environment? About Nature? It means that art is a means through which we address nature, our natural world. It is a means through which we inquire and communicate, a means through which we find meaning or the lack of it.

And so what do I think this would mean for you as Environmentalists? It means that preservation of nature is not only for its practical uses, but also just as importantly for its purely esthetic uses- for its continual source of inspiration to us as human beings.

In reflecting on nature, we reflect on ourselves, on the nature of our very being. And through nature, we find not only pleasure, but also wisdom, inspiration, and personal knowledge. And preserving nature, as I am sure you all know, is the same as preserving ourselves."

Gary Francis Fine Art is proud to host its first solo exhibition of 35 small paintings by Oakland artist Sandy Walker. Mr. Walker is a nationally recognized painter, printmaker and visual artist whose artworks are held in numerous prestigious art collections across the country including The MET and MOMA in NYC and the Smithsonian in DC. His artwork has been exhibited in solo exhibitions of fine art galleries and collected by private art collectors from San Francisco to New York.

 “[Mr. Walker's art] reveals a close relationship between landscape and figure, and compositionally there are occasions in which the two subjects blur. In his latest works, one might wonder whether the real subject matter is a recumbent figure or an arid landscape. This sort of ambiguity has been a hallmark of Walker's work for the past thirty years, at once enigmatic and sublime.

~ Robert Dance, publisher of contemporary prints