John R Walker; Hay Plains

3 - 26 August

3 - 26 August

exhibition essay

Everyone of a certain age can remember the epic journey across the Hay Plains. 

Almost a rite of passage when travelling from Sydney to Adelaide, the Hay Plains had a reputation for boiling radiators, empty fuel tanks and speeding fines!

It was and remains an unrelenting long straight road through wheat and sheep fields, a wide sky and a far horizon, with plenty of time to contemplate this vast space.

Walker is not a driver, and these paintings capture the moments only a passenger has the opportunity to absorb.  There is something of time standing still in these paintings, the fleeting moments held exquisitely.

John R Walker made this journey late last year, and although it was not the object of his excursion, the plains made their indelible mark. 

This extended body of work evolved in his studio. One painting led to another and then another. Just like the actual road trip, the paintings evolved sequentially and each documents the nuanced shifts of vegetation, horizon, sky and the elements.

While none of these works record a specific place the body of work captures the essence of these vast plains. 

C.H. 2017

Everyone of a certain age can remember the epic journey across the Hay Plains. 

Almost a rite of passage when travelling from Sydney to Adelaide, the Hay Plains had a reputation for boiling radiators, empty fuel tanks and speeding fines!

It was and remains an unrelenting long straight road through wheat and sheep fields, a wide sky and a far horizon, with plenty of time to contemplate this vast space.

Walker is not a driver, and these paintings capture the moments only a passenger has the opportunity to absorb.  There is something of time standing still in these paintings, the fleeting moments held exquisitely.

John R Walker made this journey late last year, and although it was not the object of his excursion, the plains made their indelible mark. 

This extended body of work evolved in his studio. One painting led to another and then another. Just like the actual road trip, the paintings evolved sequentially and each documents the nuanced shifts of vegetation, horizon, sky and the elements.

While none of these works record a specific place the body of work captures the essence of these vast plains. 

C.H. 2017