James Faure Walker



James Faure Walker, born in 1948, studied at St Martins and the Royal College of Art. Solo shows range from the Whitworth, Manchester, 1985, to the ARB, Cambridge, 2015. Group exhibitions include the Hayward Annual 1979, the John Moores, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Serpentine Summer Show, DAM Gallery, Berlin, Siggraph, USA, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, ‘Digital Pioneers’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2009, Contemporary British Watercolours, Maidstone Museum, 2015. He won the ‘Golden Plotter’ at Computerkunst, Gladbeck, Germany, in 1998. He co-founded Artscribe magazine in 1976, and edited it for eight years. His book, ‘Painting the Digital River: How an Artist Learned to Love the Computer,’ (Prentice Hall, USA 2006) won a New England Book Show Award. Each chapter is illustrated with his watercolours.


James says of his work, "I make one large drawing a day as part of a studio routine, usually in watercolour. Just to get started. I think about the colour, the brush, the paper, but little else. I also paint through software, and it feels natural to draw in colour, to improvise without hesitating. I want my pictures to be luminous, to look carefree and unplanned. Getting that illusion needs patience - and some luck."