John Walker
Labyrinth III 1979–80

Artwork details

Artist
John Walker born 1939
Title
Labyrinth III
Date 1979–80
Medium Oil paint and wax on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2457 x 2988 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03071
Not on display

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Walker's art explores the tension between pure abstraction and the point where abstract forms begin to suggest recognisable objects. He has explained: 'Matisse and Picasso ...took figurative painting almost to abstraction and then they stopped. I'd like to come the other way and stop, just this side of abstraction'. Although abstract, 'Labyrinth III' suggests an interior space and the shapes within it may read as figures. Walker has acknowledged that there is a connection between this work and Velasquez's painting 'Las Meninas' which depicts the artist in his studio. Walker has commented: 'I want abstract paintings to have a human presence, to be as interesting as the human form...'

September 2004

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