Bilhenry Walker

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My sculptural output over the last forty-five years has included wall-sculpture, clear acrylic sculptures, mass-cast poly-resin sculptures up to 11 feet tall, monumental sculptures up to 20 feet tall, neon sculpture, organic based sculpture and currently solar sculptures which have the capability of putting energy back into the grid.

My outdoor sculptures of the last twenty years are, essentially, three-dimensional line drawings in space that create a sculptural calligraphy to which a viewer may relate as either drawing or sculpture. The visual interplay between the second and third dimensions has been a primary and ongoing interest in my sculpture exploration over the last 50 years. They have been exhibited and installed in national and international venues since 1992.

Over the last five years I have been working on a series of sculptures that represent a return to figuration’ including “Run Son Run”, “Epiphanic Recurve Redux”, “Miseria Crucis” and “Agonia en Hartu”. While these sculptures remain intrinsically abstract, they reference the human form and attitude. By giving these sculptures’ titles that reference the human icons of our culture, I am also able to allude to deeply emotional events to which we all have cultural access and which can, in turn, generate a felt empathy within us.

Over the last year I have developed a series of biologically inspired pieces based on the shapes of predators (parasites, viruses and bacteria) and their cellular targets (dendrites, nerve endings, sinews, etc). By enlarging these shapes to table-top and larger, the negative associations are removed and the viewer can see structures and combinations of shapes only imagined under a microscope.

As these pieces get larger, I will be able to integrate an aura of LED lighting at the edges to give them a surreal look at night. This brings me full-circle to viewing these as three dimensional sculptures by day and as two-dimensional drawings at night.

Finally, I am designing outdoor sculptures into which are integrated solar panels and will sustain their own light source and more. Besides creating an ethereal light within the sculpture, enough energy will be produced to flow it back into the grid, thereby serving both esthetic and sustainability goals.

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exhibitions

  • Museum Collections
  • Wisconsin Museum of Art, Westbend, WI, 2011
  • Public Commissions
  • Village of Biscayne Park, Biscayne Park, FL, 2010
  • Providence Parks Dept, Providence, RI, 2003
  • Providence Parks Dept, Providence, RI, 1998
  • Providence Parks Dept, Providence, RI, 1996
  • Milwaukee Riverwalk Milwaukee, WI, 1998
  • Exhibitions & Installations
  • Sculpture Walk 2012, (sculpture installation) Sioux Falls, SD, Lease, 2012
  • Cardinal Stritch University, (sculpture installation ) Milwaukee WI, Lease, 2010
  • Village of Biscayne Park, (sculpture installation) Florida, Purchase, 2010
  • Leicester University “Heart, Head, Hands” (sculpture installation) Leicester, England, Group, 2010
  • Cardinal Stritch University, (sculpture installation) Milwaukee WI, Lease, 2009
  • Art Rouge Gallery “Sculpt Miami”, (sculpture installation) Miami FL, Group, 2009
  • Art on the River, (sculpture installation) Dubuque IA, Lease, 2009
  • Quad City Arts, (sculpture installation) Davenport IA, Lease, 2009
  • Milwaukee Riverwalk, (sculpture installation) Milwaukee WI, Lease, 2008
  • Art Rouge Gallery “Sculpt Miami”, (sculpture installation) Miami FL, Group, 2008
  • Sandra Neustadter Gallery Delray Beach, FL, Group, 2008
  • Salem Art Works, (sculpture installation) Salem, NY, Group, 2008
  • Downtown Sculpture Partnership, (sculpture installation) Colorado Springs, CO, Lease, 2007
  • Flossmore Art Downtown installation, (sculpture installation) Flossmore, Il, Lease, 2007
  • Catalano Park Installation, (sculpture installation) Milwaukee, WI, Invitation, 2004
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, Invitation, 2006
  • Niemi Sculpture Gallery, Kenosha, WI, Group, 2005
  • Old Dominion Sculpture Expo, (sculpture installation) San Antonio, TX, Invitation, 2003
  • Bethel University Olson Gallery, St. Paul, MN, 20 Year Retro, 2003
  • Cima Gallery, West Palm Beach, Fl, Group, 2002
  • Art in Downtown Installation, (sculpture installation) Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Lease, 2001
  • Pierwalk 2000 Maquette Show, Chicago, IL, Invitation, 2000
  • Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried, 1999
  • Wood Street Gallery Chicago, IL, Juried, 1998
  • Rockville Civic Center Park, (sculpture installation) Rockville, MD, Lease, 1997
  • Pierwalk ‘97 (International), (sculpture installation) Chicago, IL, Juried, 1997
  • Wood Street Gallery, (maquette exhibition) Chicago, IL, Invitation, 1997
  • Convergence IX International, (sculpture installation) Providence, RI, Lease, 1996
  • Fine Art Celebration, (sculpture installation) Scottsdale, AZ, Juried, 1996
  • West Palm Beach Armory, (sculpture installation) West Palm Beach, FL, Lease, 1995
  • Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, (sculpture installation) West Palm Beach, FL, Juried, 1995
  • Royal Palm Sculpture Garden, (sculpture installation) Vero Beach. FL, Juried, 1993
  • South Bend Reg. Art Museum (Best Of Show) (sculpt install), South Bend, IN, Juried, 1992
  • St John’s Uihlein Peter’s Gallery, (sculpture installation), Milwaukee, WI, Juried, 1992
  • Edgewood Orchard Gallery, (sculpture installation), Fish Creek, WI, Invitation 1988
  • Chicago International Expo (Struve Gallery) (sculpture install) Chicago, IL, Invitation, 1988
  • Chicago International Expo (Struve Gallery) (sculpture install) Chicago, IL, Invitation, 1987
  • Michael Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Invitation, 1984
  • Beasley Gallery, San Diego, CA, Two-Person, 1981
  • Dubbins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Two-Person, 1980
  • Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Two- Person, 1979
  • Art Expo ‘79, New York, NY, Group, 1979
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 10 Year Retro, 1977
  • Gilman Gallery, Chicago, IL, Group, 1977
  • Milwaukee Cudahy Gallery (Milwaukee Art Museum) Milwaukee, WI, Juried, 1976
  • Benjamin Gallery, Chicago, IL, Group, 1975

publications

  • Books and Catalogues
  • 2010 University of Leicester/England “Heart Head and Hands” Sculpture Exhibition
  • 2009 Art Rouge Gallery/ Miami, “Sculpt Miami”, Sculpture Exhibition
  • 2009 The Guild Sourcebook of Art #24
  • 2008 Art Rouge Gallery/ Miami, “Sculpt Miami”, Sculpture Exhibition
  • 2008 The Guild Sourcebook of Residential Art #6
  • 2007 The Guild Sourcebook of Residential Art #5
  • 2006 Sculpture in the Park, 23rd annual sculpture exhibition, Loveland, CO
  • 1999 The Guild: Architectural Arts & Sculpture #14
  • 1997 The Guild: Architectural Arts & Sculpture #12
  • 1997 Pierwalk ‘97/ Chicago, Sculpture Exhibition
  • 1984 The Raintree Illustrated Science Encyclopedia, p.17
  • Articles and Reviews
  • 2010 The Miami Herald, “Biscayne Park to unveil statue”, by Thomas Johnson
  • 2008 City Magazine/New York, “Furniture Fair Round-up”, by Alex Garinger
  • 2008 Daily Herald/ Chicago, “Does Aluminum mix with cherry wood”, by Deborah Donovan
  • 2008 The New York Times, “Chairs with talking points”, by Sarah Barrett
  • 1986 The Milwaukee Journal, “Chicago’s Navy Pier art show an exercise”, by James Auer
  • 1986 The Milwaukee Journal, “Opening our eyes and sense of space”, by James Auer
  • 1985 The Milwaukee Journal, “High tech” photo, by Jack Orton
  • 1984 The Milwaukee Journal, “Group appeal at gallery”, by James Auer
  • 1985 Milwaukee City Guide, “Le Petite Louvre and Benjamin’s Too”, by Barbara Behm
  • 1981 Milwaukee Review, “Bilhenry Walker, a Profile”, by Ann Tracey
  • 1981 The San Diego Union, “Home is where the art is”, by Richard Reilly
  • 1980 The Los Angeles Times, “The Galleries: Brentwood”, by William Wilson
  • 1980 The Milwaukee Journal, “Sculptor says it in acrylic”, by James Auer
  • 1974 The Milwaukee Journal, “Gallery Gazing”, by James Auer
  • 1973 The Milwaukee Journal, “ Accent on art: Walker paintings”, by James Auer

collections

  • Allen Bradley Corp, Milwaukee
  • Arthur Anderson & Co., Milwaukee
  • Andrae Electric, Milwaukee
  • ASEA Corp, Milwaukee
  • Arthur Young Accountants, Los Angeles
  • Bank of America, Denver
  • Del Corp, Chicago
  • G.A. Larson Co, Milwaukee
  • General Electric, Milwaukee
  • Pfister & Vogel Corp, Milwaukee
  • Softworks Development Corp, Milwaukee
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