Barbara Walker is a British artist who lives and works in UK.
Her paintings and drawings of the human figure open up a dialogue with viewers concerning the notions about race identity, belonging, class, power and the politics of how we look at others. Working in a range of media and formats, from works on paper and canvas to large-scale wall installations, Walker is concerned with social and political issues with particular reference to history and cultural differences in contemporary life. Her work often looks at the world around her, particularly what she sees reflected in the communities in which she lives and works.
Barbara Walker was awarded a 1st Class BA in Art and Design by the University of Central England, Birmingham, 1996. She has undertaken several residencies and has had a significant number of solo exhibitions of her drawings and paintings, in the UK. Her work has also been included in international exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include mac, Birmingham, New Art Gallery, Walsall, Tiwani Contemporary and Vane Contemporary. Her work is held in private and public collections including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lincoln Art Gallery, Herbert Art Gallery& Museum, and Arts Council Collection. In 2017, she was selected to be included in the first Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017.Nominated for Freelands Awards 2017.Walker was awarded the newly introduced Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017, Evelyn Williams Drawing Award.