Lauren Walker’s work is an ever evolving study of patterns that occur in both nature and synthetically. She blends feminist traditions such as quilt making and textile work and appropriates those disciplines by adapting them to paint and collage. This process teeters between focusing on very geometrical forms and the organic shapes that inspire her, and often the dichotomy of the two.
Lauren Walker was born in Montreal and moved to Nova Scotia where she spent her childhood and early adolescence. Her family settled in Yarmouth, which is a small fishing village at the very southern point of Nova Scotia. There, she was immersed in Acadian culture. Her parents’ home is surrounded by the Chebogue River which feeds into the Atlantic; there, one can see buoys hanging from trees throughout the area, which may explain her affinity for all the circular shapes in her compositions, as well as the playful and fluid application of paint These elements speak to her ties to the Atlantic ocean and the culture found there.
Lauren Walker has her B.F.A from the Alberta College of Art + Design and has been showing with the Herringer Kiss Gallery since 2011. Her work has been widely collected, including Encana Corporation and Cenovus Energy. Her work was selected by Joe Mimran (Club Monaco, Joe Fresh) as his top pick from the 2013 Toronto International Art Fair. In addition to a rigorous studio practice, Lauren Walker continues to work within the fine arts community in Calgary through offering artist discussions, contributing to charitable events that foster the arts, as well as becoming a member of faculty in the Continuing Education Department at her alma mater, The Alberta College of Art + Design.