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  • Behind the Mask

      • Acrylic on panel 
      • Artist created wood frame with faux leather insert, brass, and epoxy clay
      • 18.5 x 21 in. 
      • © 2021
      • 24.5  x 27 in. (f)  
    •  This series of paintings was created with a loose thematic connection in mind, and while each piece is a completely separate stand alone work I imagine them also acting as stepping stones for an imagined story.

      “Behind the Mask” continues a theme that I explore often, that of man’s evolution and thoughts about our thin veneer of civility, the idea that humankind is just a hair’s breadth from reverting back to our less developed selves. The prehistoric fish climbs onto land with his simian rider aboard as luna moths encircle the pair under branches laden with heart shaped fruit.

      John Walker has been working as a professional artist for over thirty years. After graduating from The American Academy of Art he began a career in illustration, creating a wide array of artwork for clients nationwide, including McDonalds, Random House and National Geographic. Acrylics became his media of choice during this time and he has become fluent in their application. His focus has now shifted to painting and exhibiting personal work centered around imagined narratives and faux antiquities from an invented culture.