Canadian artist Gord Walker’s lifelong love of cars, motorcycles and racing collided with a rediscovered interest in sketching and painting from his teenage years some 15 years ago. The result was his first automobile painting and he captured an award in the first national automotive art competition he entered.
“A friend who had seen my work and was a member of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada suggested that I should enter the AJAC sponsored Art of the Automobile competition. He said the chief judges of the competition were Jay Koka and Ken Dallison, both internationally renowned automobile artists." says Walker. "That got my attention since I was a real fan of Ken Dallison’s work in particular as a result of my teenage years when I subscribed to Car and Driver magazine. Dallisons’s artwork was often prominently featured and I thought he had such a spectacularly unique style with pen and ink.”
Since that early effort, Walker’s work has been published in illustrated articles and he has exhibited his art in galleries and at auto shows across Canada. His work has been featured in dozens of online and print publications and newspapers throughout North America. In 2003, a collection of his classic Jaguar automobile paintings were on display at the Toronto launch of the Jaguar XJ sedan.
His paintings have been commissioned by collectors in both Canada and the U.S.
Walker has exhibited his work at the Concours d’Elegance of America as well as the »Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Georgian Bay near Owen Sound, Ontario.
While attending his first Cobble Beach Concours as an exhibiting artist three years ago he fell in love with the area and now makes his home in nearby Thornbury. He has used the spectacular scenery of Georgian Bay and the Grey Highlands as a backdrop on some of his recent paintings.
Walker prefers acrylics and canvas for his paintings. “My style uses highlights and reflections to create a special mood. I try to be as realistic as possible, but whatever I do has to look like a painting when I’m finished. The area I live in is full of awe-inspiring scenery, but it’s also populated with a number of really superb landscape artists, so I tend to focus on a semblance of movement in my landscape paintings. For me the automobile is a perfect symbol of movement, not just from point to point but through time as well.”
‘I have a lot of favourite artists, but the ones who might influence me the most are the American Winslow Homer, the Brit D. W. Turner and the Canadian Ken Danby. I like to think there’s a little bit of all three in my work.” »gordwalkerstudios.com