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Ronald Walker art exhibition enters final week

14 Apr 2014 4:36 PM
Multitude of interesting exhibitions slated to open at PMCA in January

Often regarded for its coastal location, high-end luxury real estate and proximity to both Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, the City of San Buenaventura has long been a destination for established artists and burgeoning dilettantes alike. Aside from the metropolitan area's suitable scenery and favorable weather, it boasts a number of galleries and museums that provide the perfect venue for showing artwork produced by international and local artists. 

While exciting exhibitions are seemingly occurring year-round, individuals interested in viewing the award-winning work of Ronald Walker, an area artisan, may want to make plans to do so in the near future. The renowned painter's current show "Suburban Primitive Paintings," is slated to conclude this Saturday.

Solo exhibition to feature collection of modestly-sized pieces
Until 5 p.m. on April 19, visitors to the Buenaventura Gallery on Santa Clara Street can enjoy experiencing more than two dozen of Walker's most recent works first-hand. The paintings share a lively color scheme and myriad of imagery with symbolic meaning to the artist, each completed in gouache on an 11-by-14-inch clay-coated wooden panel.

"Much of my work is autobiographical in nature, with some recurring themes such as flux (change), containment and a sense of mystery, wondering what it's all about," Walker told the Buenaventura Art Association. "It serves as a type of metaphorical roadmap of my life which explores the inner aspects of my habitation in and movement through the suburban experience."

Noting that his style - which he refers to as "Suburban Primitive art" -  is greatly influenced by both the Symbolist and Dadaist art movements, Walker said that these paintings represent his personal connections to problems that humankind been experiencing for the past 60,000 years. Some titles of the featured pieces include "Search for Paradise," "Something Smells," and "Barbie Q."

The size of these paintings are on the smaller side, due to the setting in which Walker has been making art lately: his car. Admitting that the space limitations have led him to scale down his work, he noted that he is able to get much more done and rarely has to worry about poor lighting. As an result, the pieces possess a strong sense of intimacy and incredible attention to detail.

An opening reception was held the evening of Saturday, March 29, which the headlining artist was present at. Those in attendance were afforded the opportunity to meet the celebrated artist and take part in discussions concerning various pieces in the exhibition.

Show to help commemorate past 60 years of BAA
Walker, who is currently teaches and produces art outside of Sacramento, was raised in Ventura and enjoys a rich history with the BAA.

Having gotten his start in local schools, he earned the first place prize in the BAA's 30th anniversary Open Competition in 1984 and mounted a solo exhibition there in 1987. As this year marks the organization's 60th anniversary, his most recent display represents significant growth - for both his career as an artist and the BAA's prestige within the immediate areas. Upon receiving a Master's degree in painting from Central Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Kansas, Walker has mounted dozens of solo exhibitions across the country and received much critical acclaim.

If you're hoping to get an up-close look at his colorful and thought-provoking pieces, making the proper arrangements as soon as possible may be to your benefit. To learn more about the exhibition or research gallery hours, call 648-1235 or visit www.buenaventuragallery.com.

Alternatively, if you won't be able to attend one of the showings in-person, you can get a virtual look at the featured pieces, as the exhibition's entries are available for view online. To view digital images of Walker's work, visit the BAA's official website.