Walker, John. Clammer

John Walker Clammer 2003
John Walker, Clammer, 2003

Artist: John Walker (British, b. 1939)

Title: Clammer


Date: 2003

Dimensions: 96″ x 84″

Location in Library: Second floor

Media: Oil and mixed media on linen

Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. Purchased with Dormitory Authority of New York Art Acquisition Funds. © John Walker


John Walker captures the ebb, flow, and changing light of a muddy cove near his home in Maine. His expressive brush strokes, dynamic composition, and freedom of execution evoke the feeling of a swirling tidal pool. Walker’s combination of materials, including mud, sand, and oil, creates gritty yet luminous textures. Explaining his use of these organic materials, Walker states: “It seemed obvious to get a bucket of [mud] and mix it in with the paint, to get the feel for how the tide comes in and out and the patterns that are caused by that constant changing tide on that particular cove where I work.”

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