21st Century Gallery
Original lithograph 'Beer Festival' by Richard Walker 1925-2009. Studio stamped. Framed
REF: 2366 / LA316114
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Richard Walker was a portrait, figure and landscape painter and printmaker. Born in Croydon, by the age 13 he had won the Royal Drawing Society’s Founders Medal and in 1945 he had a painting hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He went to Canford school where he excelled at Art, but the war intervened and he was called into service with the RAF. During this time he produced a series of sketches capturing life in wartime Britain. His subject matter included, the American forces, the Home Guard, Music, flying bombs and D Day. After a spell at Oxford, he trained at Croydon Art School and became a student teacher there before going to the Slade School of Art in London where he studied under William Coldstream. He was a professional artist since art school, specializing in portraiture and landscape painting in both oils and watercolours. Portraits by Richard Walker hang in the Royal College of Music, Reading Art Gallery and the Civic Hall at Guildford, etc. His portrait of the war hero Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, DSO, DFC is in the possession of the Bader family. In the 1950’s and 60’s he was employed by the Rank organisation to paint portraits of the ‘Rank Starlets’. These were used for advertising and promotional works for their films. He told me that this was one of the most interesting jobs he ever undertook. Lucky man! His painting of the London landscape viewed from the Barbican is in the Museum of London and a similar example of his expressive but detailed style is a painting of Canford School which is now displayed within that school. Richard Walker was elected a member of the United Society of Artists and of the Society of Graphic Artists, and he exhibited widely including at the Paris Salon and Royal Society of Portrait Painters. This picture is currently being framed and I will add a image when ready
21st Century Gallery has clarified that the Original lithograph 'Beer Festival' by Richard Walker 1925-2009. Studio stamped. Framed (LA316114) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1950
The painting is in good condition
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