Carrie Walker works realistically and with great dexterity in the difficult medium of watercolor using her art to examine our relationship with the natural world. Intriguingly she pushes the boundaries of the genre scarily close to kitsch without falling into that dubious place. The emptiness or incompleteness of background, she observes, alters the way we read the image. Her compositions, which include stencillike intrusions of white space where rocks or snow or foliage would have been, also call representational conventions into question. Walker asks us to closely consider each image—and each animal—within a context that is formal, cultural, and conceptual. Carrie Walker received an MFA from the University of Victoria in 2017 and an BFA from Emily Carr University in 2002. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York City.
2017 MFA, Department of Visual Arts, University of Victoria
2002 BFA, School of Visual Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
2017 The Circle Hunt, MFA Thesis Exhibition, University of Victoria, Canada
2016 Two Hundred and Thirty Rabbits Go to Texas, Audain Gallery, Victoria, Canada
2015 The Effect of Space, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 Fire Work, Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada
2009 To while away the time, Jeffrey Boone Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2009 The storybooks have been unfair, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2007 The storybooks have been unfair, Bjornson Kajiwara, Vancouver, Canada
2006 You may know Carrie from her vibrant presence, Kristi Engle Gallery, USA
2005 Will fight if cornered, Kristi Engle Gallery, USA
2004 The chicks are doing fine without their mother, ZieherSmith Gallery, New York City, USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Makeshifter, Audain Gallery, Victoria, Canada
2012 Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses, Surrey Art Gallery, Canada
2012 Reflexive Animals, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby, Canada
2012 Odd Occurrences, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
2011 Monomania, Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada
2010 Artists So Far…, Trench Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada
2010 The Other, Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, Canada
2009 ReDrawn, Jeffrey Boone Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 Nocturnes, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 The Portrait Show, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2005 The Observatory, Vol.I, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, England
2005 The Drawing Room, Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2004 Important Canadian Art, ZieherSmith Gallery, New York City, USA
Art Bank of Canada
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2010 Canada Council Research/Creation Project Grant
2010 BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant
2008 BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant
“Goings on About Town.” The New Yorker. July 26, 2004. p. 17.
Henderson, Lee. “Head Count: the Drawings of Carrie Walker.” Border Crossings. Issue no. 97. Spring 2006. p. 94-102.
Heth, Shannon. “Wild Kingdom: Carrie Walker’s Mysterious World.” Monte Cristo. Spring 2010. p. 63.
Hoover, Anna. Carrie Walker. Video interview. http://vimeo.com/18445893. Sept 2011.
Laurence, Robin. Fall arts preview: “Carrie Walker draws inspiration from the natural world.” The Georgia Straight. Sept. 13, 2012.
Laurence, Robin. “Monomania Celebrates Vancouver Art.” The Georgia Straight. August 9, 2011.
Laurence, Robin. “The Drawing Room.” The Georgia Straight. July 28, 2005.
Maurizi, Shanna. Rearranging the Landscape with Carrie Walker. Video interview. http://blip.tv/work-only/rearranging-the-landscape-with-carrie-walker-4594594. Dec. 2010
O’Leary, Sara. “Adventures in Cutting and Folding.” The Vancouver Sun. Oct. 30,1999.
Pearce, Tralee. “The Common Room.” The Globe and Mail. October 16, 2004. M4.
Pickard, Camilla. “Finding Herself: Carrie Walker’s new watercolours.” You may know Carrie from her vibrant presence. Exhibition catalogue. Los Angeles: Kristi Engle Gallery, 2006, p. 4-5.
“Reflexive Animals.” Exhibition catalogue. Simon Fraser University Gallery. Sept. 2012.
“The Storybooks Have Been Unfair.” Front Magazine. Nov/Dec 2008. p. 9-10.
2013-16 Sessional instructor, Emily Carr University
2010 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA