About

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Toni Walker is a Melbourne based Australian artist, born in 1964. Referencing Mid Century Modernism her work explores the interior, design, architecture, ceramics, furniture and flora.

 

Earlier in her career her interest in the graphic arts and design saw her study and develop as a Commercial artist in the late 80’s. Working full time and in freelance capacity for various agencies in Melbourne including AJS Creative, Patty Bissetto Advertising, and Mushroom records. This was the pre-computer era when advertising agencies employed artist for the craft of hand lettering and logo development, illustrations, press-ready artwork and heady deadlines. 

 

Following a decade in the Advertising industry working in art departments, she returned to University to study Visual Art - Painting and has been exhibited since 1999. In 2010 to 2013 Toni collaborated both technically and artistically with Shelford Girls Grammar musical director Mr Greg Mason to create and interpret story into stage design and production.

 

In her artist practice she works primarily in painting, but also across graphic mediums including drawing and collage. Her current practice involves sourcing found images, creating composition collages that become the preliminary material for paintings and drawings.

 

She lives with her partner and 2 teenage daughters and works out of her studio in Bayside Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

Born 1964, Melbourne, Australia

 

Education:

1995    Associate Diploma Arts: Visual Arts Painting, Victoria University

1985    F.A. Diploma (Graphic Art), Preston College of Tafe

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013    Refuge, Kingston Arts, Moorabbin, Victoria

1999    Toni Walker, Catanach’s Gallery, Armadale, Victoria

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2014    Belle Arti Prize, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Abbotsford.

2012    Connect 12, Victoria University, Melbourne Australia

2012    Linden Contemporary Art Postcard Show, St Kilda, Victoria

2011    60th Blake Prize, National Art School, DarlinghurstNSW, Finalist.

2010    Linden Contemporary Art Postcard Show, St Kilda, Victoria

2009    Linden Contemporary Art Postcard Show, St Kilda, Victoria

2008    Re:Connect, Level 17 Artspace, Victoria University, Victoria

2000    Rearvision, Span Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

1998    St. Kevin’s College Annual Art Show, St.Kevins College Toorak

1998    Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Camberwell Town Hall

1998    Rotary International Art Exhibition, Box Hill Town Hall

 

 

Awards, Residencies

2014    Highly Commended - Belle Arti Prize, Champan and Bailey. 

        Judges: Sam Leach - Artist, Dr Vince Alessi – Curatorial

        Manager, Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne University, 

        Louise Hearman – Artist

2010    Artist in Residence / Visiting artist, Shelford Girls Grammar

2011    Artist in Residence / Visiting artist, Shelford Girls Grammar

2012    Artist in Residence / Visiting artist, Shelford Girls Grammar

2013    Artist in Residence / Visiting artist, Shelford Girls Grammar

2011    Finalist - 60th Blake Prize, National Art School,

        Darlinghurst,  NSW

1998    Highly Commended - St Kevin’s Annual Art Show, judged by

        Geoffrey Smith, Curator 20th Century Art, National Gallery

        of Victoria

 

 

Commissions: 

2013   Stage Design and Production, Seaussical, Shelford Girls Grammar,

       Caulfield, Victoria  

2012   Stage Design and Production, HPA-Beatles, Shelford Girls Grammar,

       Caulfield, Victoria  

2011   Stage Design and Production, Once on this Island, Shelford Girls

       Grammar, Caulfield, Victoria  

2010   Stage Design and Production, HPA-Disney, Shelford Girls

       Grammar,Caulfield, Victoria  

      

 

Selected Articles/Reviews:

Chelsea Mordialloc News, Building on Art Space, Stuart Mccullough - October 2013

Art Collector - Refuge, October, 2013

Art Almanac Exhibition Brief - Refuge, November, 2013

Australian Religious Diary, 2012, 60th Blake Prize, 2011