Biography

Stephen Walter

Born 1975. Currently Lives and Works in London

Stephen Walter’s work is an investigation into obsessive drawing techniques, semiotics, the glory of maps, and where Landscape is seen a receptacle for meaning. Each work is an intricate world in itself. The maps are a tangle of words, symbols and drawn elements where cultural residues inhabit certain locations. These in turn make up a complex of autobiographical references, epithets, hidden associations and wider contradictions. The landscape works draw the viewer’s gaze from grand viewpoints into the emersion of microscopic details. They observe the reoccurring patterns found in nature, and the graphic forms past down from one generation to the next, over long periods of time.

Through mainly drawing, painting, photography and printmaking, he explores the phenomenon of personal and collective experiences of place – both real and fictional. The inner view and its mark-making processes are forced to mingle with the shared space of the outside world – its culture, politics and its relational aesthetics – what he likes to call ‘inherited histories’. It is in this middle ground where Walter’s sensibilities lie, between the visions of an individual and those shared in Culture.

Education

1999-2001 Royal College of Art – MA Fine Art Printmaking

1995-98 Manchester Metropolitan University – BA Fine Art (1st Class Honours)

1994-95 Middlesex University – BTEC Diploma in Art & Design Foundation

Solo Shows

(* indicates publication)

2013 Anthropocene – TAG Fine Arts @ LondonNewcastle Space, Shoreditch, London

2009 *The Island – The Courtauld Institute, London (with TAG Fine Arts), Touring Show – including, Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, Exposure Gallery, London

2008 *The Island – Launch, The Crypt, St. Pancras Church, London (with TAG Fine Arts)

2007 Old Master Re-Vamp – Royal Academy of Arts, Lower Sackler Wing, London

2005 Be Aware of Everything – The Drawing Gallery, London

Chance Meetings – Vertigo Gallery, London

2004 Photoworks #2 – Deutsche Bank, London Wall

2003 Photoworks – PV with guests – Mobile Clubbing, The Vault @ Foundry, London.

Window – Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings. (In conjunction with Shot By the Sea International Film Festival)

Solo Show – Cru Restaurant, London

Selected Group Shows / Events

(* indicates publication)

2015 *The World in a Mirror – Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

Children’s Poly-Olbion – Royal Geographical Society, London & The Forum, University of Exeter

2014 alpha beta carta, des mots dans les cartes­ – Parc culturel de Rentilly, France

*RE: DEFINE 2014 – Dallas Contemporary, USA

Enclosure – Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London

Unstable Ground – Paper Gallery, Manchester

*The House of Fairy Tales, Cartography Portfolio – St Barnabas House. London

LIVEPOOL LOVE 2 – Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool

Mapping London, Thames Festival, Gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower (Daniel Crouch Rare Books). London

Blue – Chelsea Arts Club, London

2013 *Final Show – Lookal01, Breda, Netherlands

The House of Fairy Tales – Sutton House. London

2012 *Mind The Map – London Transport Museum, London

*Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands – British Library, London

LIVERPOOL LOVE – In association with Claire House – Museum of Liverpool

Viewpoint – SPACESHIP, Tel Aviv, Israel

*Vis Loci – Griffin Gallery, London

 

Polemically Small: Art in London now (curated by Zavier Ellis and Edward Lucie-Smith) – Orleans House Museum,  Richmond

Get Carta – Karinjanssen projectspace, London

2011 Polemically Small – Torrance Art Museum, CA, USA

*The Art of Mapping – (curated by TAG Fine Arts) The Air Gallery, London

Heartlands – Great Brampton House, Hereford, UK

Stephen Walter’s Map of Liverpool – (Display ongoing), ‘Hub’ Space, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2010 *Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art – British Library, London

Selection of Tjorg Douglas Beer – The Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany

The Art of Giving – Saatchi Gallery, London

PAPYROPHILIA – Charlie Smith Gallery, London

*Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Elephant Parade London 2010 – London wide installation

ALIENIMMIGRATIONSDIENST – The Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany

Stephen Walter’s Map of Liverpool – (Display ongoing), ‘Hub’ Space, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2009 The Future Can Wait – (Zavier Ellis & Simon Rumley), Old Truman Brewery, London

Collected Fragments Sunderland Museum, UK

There’s Something I’d Like to Tell You – IMA Village, Berlin, Germany

*West London Story – Thoughts on an Artists Book – Bradbrook House, London

*Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Stephen Walter’s Map of Liverpool – (Display ongoing), ‘Hub’ Space, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Lay of the Land20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK

2008 In Drawing – Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

*Blood on Paper – Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Subterranea – Friday Late, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The London Book of the Dead – The Crypt, St. Pancras Church, London

2007 Situation 33 – Bleibtreu Gallery, Berlin, Germany Mapping the Imagination – Victoria & Albert Museum, London

*Drawing Breath – Touring Show, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapour – National Art School Sydney, Australia. 2008 – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK – The Robert Gordon University Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

Alles Nahe Werde Fern – Lookal01, Breda, Netherlands

Notting Heaven – Sartorial Contemporary Art, London

*Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Royal Academy Printmakers – Print (vb.n) Gallery, London

2006 Broken Romanticism – (curated by Stephen Walter) Standpoint Gallery, London

*Drawing Breath – Wimbledon College of Art, London

*Drawing Inspiration: Contemporary British Drawing – Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, UK

Obsession – (curated by Robin Mason), Sartorial Contemporary Art, London

England Dreaming – 17 Bedford Row, London

Another Product – Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, UK

On The Map – North House Gallery, Manningtree, UK

*Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Soft Warm Places Called Home – The Residence, London

2005 *Bayennale – The LAB, San Francisco, USA

Transit Village – Jack London Square, Oakland, USA

Drawing Two Hundred – The Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, London

40 Artists – 40 Drawings – The Drawing Gallery, London

Salon de Freehand – Studio 6 (Rob McHaffie), Fitzroy Australia

Postcard 2005 – Filmbase, Dublin, Ireland

Improved: The Post Card Project – (curated by Francesca Gavin), Fosterart, London

Contemporary Artists Play Pictionary – The Agency, London

*Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Salon – The Hollow, London

Photo-Synthetic – Esmond Robinson Gallery, London

Make it or Brake it – The Residence, London

Minimuseum – Launch Port Eliot, Cornwall – Paul Smith, London

RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

Fosterart – Fosterart, London

2004 *Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004 – Touring show incl. The Jerwood Space, London – The Lowrey Centre, Salford

25 Drawings – 25 Artists – The Drawing Gallery, London

30×30 – Vertigo Gallery, London

New Photography – Sarah Myerscough, London

The Artist and the City – Spectrum Gallery, London

Summer Exhibition – Case 1 Gallery, London

*Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Mobile Clubbing, London (various)

Shorticulture – (Suzie Watson) Gin Glik, London

RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

Media Centre – London

2003 Albino – 291 Gallery, London

Walter&Craig – (Joint Show with Andrew Craig) Foundry, London

30X30 – Vertigo Gallery, London

Christmas Show – Vertigo Gallery, London

RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

Resonance FM @ Foundry, London. Live interview (Bill Drummond) and talk. 19/12/03

2002 Sale – Selfridges, London

14”X14” – Century Gallery, London

Transgressing the City’s Limits – (Dialogue with Kelly Bushell) The Bull Theatre, Barnet, UK

Drawing – Vertigo Gallery, London

30X30 – Vertigo Gallery, London

RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

Vertigo Graphics – Vertigo Gallery, London

Batteries Not Included – Fortress Studios – Catch 22 – The Rocket Complex

2001 Ghost – Inside Space, London

*The Show 1 – Royal College of Art, London

*MA Printmaking Artists – Clifford Chance, London

RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

Apthorp Fund for Young Artists – Touring Show, London

2000 Group Show – BBC Broadcasting House, London

RCA Secret – Royal College of Art, London

Printmaking & Sculpture Interim – Royal College of Art

Apthorp Fund for Young Artists, Touring Show, London

1999 Absolute Secret – Royal College of Art

Apthorp Fund for Young Artists, Touring Show, London

1998 *NEAC Open – The Mall Galleries, London

Dual Show with Rachael McKraw – 60/40, Manchester, UK

Absolute Secret – Royal College of Art

First Open Print Show – The Place, Letchworth, UK

Apthorp Fund for Young Artists, Touring Show, London

Awards / Residences / Fellowships

2005-07 Fellow in Printmaking – Royal Academy of Arts School
s, London

2004 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004, 2ND Prize, UK

2003 Residency, Artist in Access – Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London

2002 Residency @ Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, Barnet. UK

Apthorp Fund (Purchase Prize), London Borough Of Barnet

2001 Tim Mara Charitable Trust (Printmaking), Royal College of Art, London

Daler Rowney Drawing Prize, Royal College of Art, London

Apthorp Fund (Purchase Prize), London Borough Of Barnet

2000 Suny Purchase College Travel Award – New York, USA

1998 Apthorp Fund (Purchase Prize), London Borough Of Barnet

Letchworth Art Centre Print Prize, UK

Commissions

2015 The Island: London Mapped – Prestel Publishers, London

2014 Prestel Publishers – Subterranean London, compiled by Bradley L Garrett

2012 Orion Books, Cover designs for – Rivers of London (special edition) by Ben Aaronovitch

2011-12 London Subterranea, London Transport Museum, London

2010-15 Orion Books, Cover designs for – Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch

2009 Business Design Centre, London.

2008 Hospital Records, London Elektricity Albulm Cover – Syncopated City

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Friday LateSubterranea)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, (Blood on Paper)

2007 Epson Head Quarters, UK

2002 Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, Barnet, UK

Collections

  Victoria & Albert Museum.    The British Museum.    The British Library.    Deutsche Bank, London.

  British Government Art Collection.    Houses of Parliament Museums, London.

  Trussardi Foundation, Milan, Italy.    Hiscox PLC, UK    Soho House – Berlin & London.

  London Transport Museum. • David Roberts, London.

  Cyril Taylor, Taylor Owen, UK.    London Borough of Barnet Public Collection, UK

  Royal College of Art Drawing Collection, Royal College of Art Printmaking Collection, London.

  University of Manchester Library Collection • Asticus Collection, UK.

Plus a number of other international private collections