Suburban Primitive art came about from an interest in primitive
art, combined with the knowledge that man has not changed genetically in any
major way in the last sixty thousand years coupled with a feeling that the
problems of being human probably have changed little as well. Ron Walker's
general belief is that life in the suburbs is as exciting and as interesting as
anywhere else. People are people and most problems seem to be not only
universal but timeless as well. Historically art movements have mostly
developed in major cities because of the interaction and exchange of ideas
between artists. With the rise of the internet, this advantage has largely
evaporated. Quality art can and will develop anywhere, cities, suburbs or
country. Much of his work is autobiographical in nature with some recurring
themes such as...flux, (change), containment and a sense of mystery, wondering
what it's all about.
Ron’s work combines both primitive images along with images from
the modern suburban experience. In the last few years, his work has been
primarily done in gouache or graphite. The gouache dries quickly and enables
him to build up color layers and the pencil is fast and convenient. Most of his
paintings average 11”x14” making the work both portable and intimate. Walker has been shown in more than 35 solo
exhibitions as well as over two hundred group shows. His work has been
published in several magazines and books and his biography is in Who’s Who in
American Art. Several of Walker’s
works are in the Applegate collection which was recently
donated to the Museum of Northern California Art, located in Chico, California.
This collection will become part of their permanent collection
and be on public display when the museum reopens in
September 2016. Walker holds an MFA in painting from the University of Kansas and
a MA in painting from CMSU. He lives with his wife and two children in the
Sacramento area of California, where he teaches and produces art for a living.
It is his hope that his work touches the viewer in some way, thought, emotion
or memory and makes the journey of life just a bit better.