Gill Walton is a professional figurative artist who currently works from her studio in the Eastern Scottish Borders exhibiting new work regularly.
She is also a part time lecturer in fine art and art tutor and through thorough research, she has developed a deep understanding of artists from past centuries such as Caravaggio, Turner and Vermeer. She often adopts their approaches in her own work while developing new contemporary methods.
Why We love Gill’s Work
I first saw Gill’s work as she was preparing her space for a city art fair. It struck me how she took time to create an experiential space for visitors with vases of flamboyant colour flowers and props set on shallow ledges on the wall between the artworks. In the same way that set design in theatre encourages you to extend and animate stage space with your imagination, Gill’s work asks you to make connections and draws you into another world through the walls of the gallery.
Her paintings are contemporary figurative using pigment -rich oil paints on aluminium. They merge influences as diverse as historical portraiture, Jungian psychology and shamanic dream worlds to create a unique visual language deep in metaphor which can sometimes pose more questions than answers. Each portrait or figurative piece tells a story through, colour, light and the intriguing use of symbols that leaves you mesmerised and a little enchanted by the whole experience.
Exclusive to Curious Egg
These beautiful artworks works have been created exclusively for the Curious Egg Art Room and are based on theatrical performers in the Peking opera. Gill collects chinoiserie and willow pattern porcelain and is inspired by the delicacy of movement yet the strength of the opera performances. She decided to make the figures look like they are made of porcelain and played with the colours in the headdresses deciding to use a strong cobalt blue which is the pigment used in the traditional willow pattern and pairing it with her favourite yellow to create these exquisite pieces.
“I love drama and narrative in paintings and my practice is slow using many layers of very fine paint. The faces and expressions change many times during the process depending on how I am feeling that day. These faces more than most, reflect those changing moods. The meaning in my paintings lies in the emotion that you feel from them, with these it changes every time you look at them”