Luke M Walker

Born: UK, 1969.  Based in London

Work in Progress 027 , Acrylic on Raw Canvas, 91 × 127 × 4 cm

Work in Progress 027, Acrylic on Raw Canvas, 91 × 127 × 4 cm


City and Guilds London Art School (Masters of Fine Art, 2014)

Walker’s practice derives from an exploration of the environment primarily through walking, his most  recent work involves collecting specific data on each walk, the length, the pace, the altitude or number of steps etc. and translating the data into a painting.

These ‘potential landscapes’ and are paintings of the activity of walking and painting, but also of time and distance. It is these spatial and temporal qualities that he is keen to express in his work, whether through constructed landscapes or from a direct observation of the environment. They assimilate and estimate, showing structure, infrastructure and metastructure, moments of clarity break down to reveal the fragility of the image, they act as a record of both the activity of the artist in the landscape but also in the studio.

His relationship with the landscape has also changed and what once might have been described as homage to the environment has now become something more adversarial, with each body of work beginning to question the value of human activity; whether this is the construction of our cities, our stewardship of the environment or the role of the artist as a witness and how this can be expressed, particularly but not exclusively, through painting.

Luke M. Walker lives in London and is also an Interior & Spatial Designer and lecturer on Art & Design. He has been painting and exhibiting his works regularly since 2011 and completed an MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2014.


2014 Masters in Fine Art, City and Guilds London Art School
2008 Post Graduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching (CLTAD) - UAL
1996 Chelsea College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Interior Design
1993 The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, Foundation in Architecture and the Built Environment; Diploma with Distinction


2019 Maker in Residence, Bankside Hotel, London
2017        Prize winner 'Pintar Rapido London' Pooky Lighting Award
2015        Winner of the Signature Art Prize for Painting 2015


2019        The Royal Academy Summer Show 2019
2018        'Affordable Art Fair ' Hampstead, London
'The Transient City ' Solo Show with D Contemporary, Mayfair, London
From the Studio Floor, Cambridge
2017        'Into the Woods' Biennale di Soncino, Cremona, Italy
Uncommon Ground, The Royal Geographical Society (& IBG), London
2016        The Mountain Arts Festival, Cumbria
From the Studio Floor, Cambridge
CONVERGENCE: Swim, Walk, Explore with Lucy Devenish, London
2015        The Mountain Arts Festival, Cumbria
What I Tell You in the Dark Group Show, Waterloo
Signature Art Prize 2015 Winners Exhibition Degree Arts, London
Painting the Future Degree Arts, London
Affordable Art, Battersea Contemporary Collective
One. Place. Ten Chelsea College of Art & Design
2014        Open Studios, 401½ Workshops, London
MA Show City & Guilds of London Art School
One. Place. Two Chelsea College of Art & Design
2013        All in One Place, Chelsea College of Art & Design
2012        Untitled Arts, Chelsea Old Town Hall
Art in Mind – ‘Illusion’ Brick Lane Gallery, London
2011        ‘An Urban Safari’ Battersea
‘Kunstpunkte’, Dusseldorf, Germany
Untitled Arts, Chelsea Old Town Hall
2010        Lambeth Open                                             
WAC @Putney Exchange                                       
2009        Royal Geographical Society - London
Spaces and Narrations,Chelsea College of Art and Design
‘Battersea & Beyond’, Acquire Arts, Battersea