Studio B Gallery presents The World According to Alex Walton.
The exhibit of watercolour paintings by Alex Walton is curated by Studio B’s resident curator Sonia Stastny, and opens on Saturday, May 16, following Cumberland’s Market Days. Walton will be present at the reception from 7-11 p.m.
Born in Jamaica, Walton grew up in England and finally settled in British Columbia. He studied fine art as well as natural resources management, and in the recent years, he has been delving more and more into children’s illustrations. The latest book he is working on is Gulf Islands Alphabet by Bronwyn Preece and it explores the wonderful imagery of island life that we, in the Comox Valley, all know and love dearly.
Walton creates an imaginative world exploring the relationship of man and his natural surroundings. These sometime precarious and often one-sided relationships have comedic results whether humans try to tame, imitate, organize or enslave flora and fauna alike. Kangaroos work as waiters, lions and giraffes become canvases, beavers become saboteurs the situations and scenes will entertain children and adults will appreciate the political commentary.
Walton draws inspiration from his art and science education. His influences include Arthur Rackham, Charles Dickens, and WH Robinson. His art can be found in collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. Most recently, one of Walton’s works has been selected to be part of the Campbell River Art Gallery’s 33rd Annual Members’ Exhibition.
Studio B Gallery is located at 2704 Dunsmuir Avenue in Cumberland. For updates on events and workshops, please visit the guild’s website at sewsistersartistguild.org.
Photo Credit: Alex Walton, Noah’s Secret 5×5