Martha Walker

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Influences came from frequent relocation as a child. The most obvious was the disparate geography that she observed, from the American Plains, to the Pacific Coast and mountain ranges, along with the rich Swedish forests, followed by the Atlantic Ocean and sandy beaches in Florida. However, cultural influences were also important. In almost every new place, Martha became aware of what it meant to be an outsider, looking in, especially in Europe, where she became acquainted with Jewish children whose parents were survivors of the Holocaust. This had a profound effect on her, even as a nonreligious Jew, resulting occasionally in work with themes of Jewish identity and the Holocaust.

When asked, Martha will tell you that she considers herself to be an emerging artist. Her business career over the course of her lifetime enabled her to establish a financial foundation for raising a family. When she returned to school in 1999, she started welding again, and with her financial situation improved, Martha established her first welding studio in 2001. It is in the interim that she has created her entire body of work.


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about the artist

Born in 1953 in Kansas City, Missouri, Martha was the youngest in the family, and the only girl. The family moved from Kansas City to St. Louis, Missouri, followed by Carmel California, and Seattle Washington, all by the time Martha was eight years old. The Walkers moved to Sweden for three years, starting in 1961, spending one full year in a remote forest location. After this, Martha landed back in the United States, attending both junior high and high school in Miami Beach, Florida before her move to Brooklyn, New York, where she attended Pratt Institute from 1971-1976, majoring in sculpture and drawing. Martha stayed in Brooklyn, going back for her Masters Degree at Pratt Institute from 1999 - 2001, where she graduated with honors. She is now a Brooklyn native, married with two children.

Her father was a nuclear physicist, specializing in medical research. Martha frequented the research laboratory, viewing microorganisms under the microscope, something that she sites to this day as an influence on her abstract visual perspective. Additionally, Martha’s middle brother, David, was an avid painter, who “raised the bar” for her artistically.

Other influences came from the frequent relocations as a child. The most obvious was the disparate geography that she observed, from the American Plains, to the Pacific Coast and mountain ranges, along with the rich Swedish forests, followed by the Atlantic Ocean and sandy beaches in Florida. However, cultural influences were also important. In almost every new place, Martha became aware of what it meant to be an outsider, looking in, especially in Europe, where she became acquainted with Jewish children whose parents were survivors of the Holocaust. This had a profound effect on her, even as a nonreligious Jew, resulting occasionally in work with themes of Jewish identity and the Holocaust.

When asked, Martha will tell you that she considers herself to be an emerging artist. Her business career over the course of her lifetime enabled her to establish a financial foundation for raising a family. When she returned to school in 1999, she started welding again, and with her financial situation improved, Martha established her first welding studio in 2001. It is in the interim that she has created her entire body of work.


exhibitions

  • 2010, Solo Exhibition Kouros Gallery 23 East 73rd Street, 1st Floor, New York, New York 10021
  • 2009, Solo Exhibition, Expanding Universe at the Phillips Museum, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 2009, UBS Art Gallery, in conjunction with the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum: A Parallel Presence: National Association of Women Artists, 1889-2009. 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York
  • 2009, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, A Parallel Presence: National Association of Women Artists, 1889-2009. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 2008, Kouros Sculpture Center, Installed Passion Unfurled and Tempest, Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • 2008, Broadfoot & Broadfoot, ‘Tween Woods and Water New York, New York
  • 2008, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Winter Salon, Gallery and Invited Artists, New York, New York
  • 2007, 440 Gallery, Undercurrents, Solo Exhibition Brooklyn, New York
  • 2007, Saks Fifth Avenue, Windows on 5th, New York, New York
  • 2007, National Association of Women Artists, Group Show
  • 2007, Belskie Museum, Closter, New Jersey, Moving Forward
  • 2006, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea New York
  • 2006, Connections, Studio Montclair’s 2006 National Juried Exhibition William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
  • 2005, 440 Gallery, Polymorphism in Steel Solo Exhibition, Brooklyn, New York

achievements, galleries and collections

  • ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 2009, Installed End Justifies the Means, Justifies the End Pratt Institute Campus
  • 2009, Solo Exhibition, Expanding Universe at the Phillips Museum, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 2008, Birth and Venus sold and installed at the Boca Beach Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • 2007, Works selected by television show, Gossip Girls for set props in an art gallery setting
  • 2007, Solo show reviewed by Olympia Lambert, Oly’s Musings: http://lamgelinaoly.blogspot.com/ Martha Walker at 440 Gallery, Sunday October 7th, 2007
  • 2007, Featured on Long Island News Channel 12, Chauncey Howell interview
  • 2007, Aphrodite acquired by the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick , New Jersey.
  • 2006, Interviewed by Manhattan Arts International, also featured as the Artist of the week.
  • 2006, Interviewed by MyArtSpace.
  • 2006, Installed Birth, a seven foot high sculpture on the campus of Pratt Institute.
  • 2001, Named “New Yorker of the Week” by New York 1 News. A volunteer collaboration project which I coordinated and intitiated with New York City Elementary schools, entitled, New York City’s Kids Imagine World Peace. Can You? The project’s parameters consisted of a giant banner, made up of individually designed sections, and composed of visual symbols and words proclaiming a vision of world peace. Installed at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY.
  • GALLERY AFFILIATIONS
  • Kouros Gallery 23 East 73rd Street, 1st Floor, New York, New York 10021 (212) 288-5888. www.kourosgallery.com
  • Elaine Baker Gallery 608 Banyon Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 241-3050 www.elainebakergallery.com
  • COLLECTIONS
  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Anne Frank Center, USA
  • Kouros Sculpture Center
  • Boca Beach Club & Resort
  • Morgan Stanley Corporation
  • Pratt Institute
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