Just read the news about artist Steve Walker...

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 26, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    Wow, where have I been? I have several prints.. "On a Clear Day" was given to me by a Toronto friend during my visits to the city and today is framed and in my downstairs guest bathroom. I also have "The Visitor" and the one with the beagle.... several more I want and was doing some research and saw he died last year from a heart attack. I had no idea.

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    How very sad! For those of you who don't know his artwork:

    "On a clear day" is the first print listed in the video.

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    Jan 26, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    Very sad news indeed! My exposures to his art were mainly from seeing them on greeting cards years ago, when I visited the gay bookstores in The Castro. I loved the work but couldn't afford to collect all the cards. icon_sad.gif

    His web site is still up, but no mention of his passing:

    http://stevewalkerartist.com
  • Wolfdaddy

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    Jan 26, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    Steve Walker's website has not been updated since 2010
    That would explain what there is no mention of his death
  • TannerMasseur

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    Jan 26, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
    I met him here in Philadelphia in the 90's. He was here for 2 months working on two commissioned paintings for a client on Pine Street. We hanged out & he slept over my place. I loved his Canadian accent, "Yaw, yaw......", just like Mark Wolff's icon_smile.gif.......I gave him some of my ideas for painting male figures in a bedroom scene. He said if I didn't paint my ideas he was going to icon_smile.gif He was prolific! He wanted me to be too.......I lost touch with him icon_sad.gif .......We should have kept in touch. I need more artist friends I can bounce ideas off & have a dialogue with, contemporaries.......Sad that he has passed. He loved to paint male figures backview in the narrative, in states of ennui, reflection & introspection. Two of his paintings came close to the idea I mentioned to him which people consider some of his best work. He wanted me to paint my idea of male figures in a bedroom, part of a triptych. He said if I ever did it it would be a masterpiece! I gave him a fast sketch of the triptych idea I had in mind. He saw my drawings & work at the time & said I was blessed with a gift & talent. He encouraged me to use my talent well & create. He said what are u waiting for?......Sorry I lost touch with u Steve. Maybe I'll finally do the triptych today, I'm not getting any younger. I've wasted so much time. Life's too short. Carpe diem. Something to leave behind, like he has. Thank u for all of ur paintings Steve & glad we had a chance to cross paths icon_smile.gif .......
  • upsguy68

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    Jan 26, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    Beautiful works!
  • cityguy39

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    Jan 27, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
    Very sad, I had no idea he had passed. RIP
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    Jan 27, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    It's about true love... Love his works.
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    Jan 27, 2013 12:00 PM GMT
    Quite pedestrian in my opinion. Art should be an artist's interpretation not a reproduction. You might as well just take a photograph.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Jan 27, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidQuite pedestrian in my opinion. Art should be an artist's interpretation not a reproduction. You might as well just take a photograph.


    One style of painting figures I do I use a scumbling technique using a drybrush. U can paint the surface in a wash of any multiple dark colors. Draw in the figures & the setting so it looks like a blueprint outline. Then u paint in all the highlights. Gives it a polarized look like the negative of a photograph. U get a neat effect with the figures, gives a dramatic cold look to them.......
  • TannerMasseur

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    Jan 27, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    spgem said
    UndercoverMan saidQuite pedestrian in my opinion. Art should be an artist's interpretation not a reproduction. You might as well just take a photograph.


    One style of painting figures I do I use a scumbling technique using a drybrush. U can paint the surface in a wash of any multiple dark colors. Draw in the figures & the setting so it looks like a blueprint outline. Then u paint in all the highlights. Gives it a polarized look like the negative of a photograph. U get a neat effect with the figures, gives a dramatic cold look to them.......


    And the figures I use aren't all idealized. It's all-inclusive. I use different body types, different races.......