Kelley Walker  (American, 1969) 

Kelley Walker (American, b.1969) is a digital media artist, sculptor, and installation artist who made it onto New York Media's top ten list of Greater New York's artists most likely to succeed. Walker was born in Columbus, GA, but later moved to Tennessee where he earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee in 1995. He is well-known for bringing to light important issues of consumerism and politics; he is also fond of utilizing iconic cultural images and advertising media.

One of his most popular pieces is Black Star Press, which is a combination of three canvases, arranged billboard-style, that show images of white and black policemen artistically splattered with white and chocolate paint. This artwork is a blending of graffiti pop, racial unrest, ethical corruption, and mass media. Another famous art project of Walker’s is We Joked That Under the Paving Slabs There Was Gold, which consists of a picture of a collapsed road with a large river of orange, red, and yellow covering parts of the image. This computerized work targets the anxiety within contemporary culture and mocks the pursuit of riches.

Walker's art is not only popular in the United States, but in other countries too, such as Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Some of the major galleries and museums where Walker's art is featured include the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Thomas Dane Gallery in London, the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, the Museum of American Art in New York, the Air de Paris in France. Walker's work consists of a large array of both solo and group exhibitions. Walker often collaborates with fellow artist Wade Guyton (American, b.1972). Guyton and Walker use stenciling, digital scanning, photo-silk screening, and inkjet printing in order to craft a multitude of images for alteration. Walker currently lives and works in New York.

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Kelley Walker, Untitled


Kelley Walker

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Kelley Walker, Untitled


Kelley Walker

Paula Cooper Gallery
Kelley Walker, Untitled


Kelley Walker

Paula Cooper Gallery
Kelley Walker, Circle in circle


Kelley Walker
Circle in circle

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Kelley Walker, Whitney Houston, 1984-85


Kelley Walker
Whitney Houston, 1984-85

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Kelley Walker, Black Star press (in 3 parts)


Kelley Walker
Black Star press (in 3 parts), 2005
scanned image and silkscreened chocolate on digital print mntd on canvas


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Kelley Walker, Untitled


Kelley Walker
Untitled, 2008
newspaper collage and silkscreen ink on canvas


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Kelley Walker, Untitled


Kelley Walker
Untitled, 2003
laser cut steel, digital image (scanned carboard and corkboard) and gold leaf


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1969   Born: Columbus, Georgia
1995   BFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2011   Keeping It Real: Act 4, Material Intelligence, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2010   Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from Colección Jumex, Contempoary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2010   Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool, curated by Bob Nickas, Jose Martos Gallery, Sagaponack, NY
2010   Held Up By Columns, Renwick Gallery, New York, NY
2010   Permanent Mimesis, curated by Alessandro Rabottini, Galleria Civicia dʼArte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
2010   Image Transfer, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010   Kelley Walker, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (solo)
2010   Front Room: Guyton/ Walker, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (solo)
2010   Kelley Walker, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010   Whitney on Site: New Commissions Downtown: Guyton/Walker, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
2010   Picture Industry (Good Bye To All That), Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2010   At Home / Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2010   Pure, personal or abstract, curated by Alessandro Rabottini, GAM Turino, Italy
2010   Vertically Integrated Manufacturing, Murray Guy, New York, NY
2009   Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from Colección Jumex, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
2009   Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (Walker and Guyton\Walker)
2009   Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and The Ready-Made Gesture, curated by Deb Singer, The Kitchen, New York, NY
2009   Auto. Sueno Y Materia, laboral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, Austrias, Spain; Madrid, Spain
2009   Drawing Gifts 2009: 6th Annual Benefit Auction for the Drawing Center, New York, NY
2009   Transitions: Painting at the (other) end of art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, sponsored by Max Mara
2009   Cave Paintings, curated by Bob Nickas, Gallery PSM, Berlin, Germany
2009   Quand la première ivresse des succès bruyants… Château Guiraud, Sauternes, France
2009   Five, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia (Walker and Guyton\Walker)
2009   Commentary, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2009   Biennale de Venezia, Venice (Guyton\Walker)
2009   Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris (Guyton\Walker)
2009   Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2009   Kelley Walker, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008   Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Kelley Walker, Wiels, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2008   Kunst im Heim, Capitain & Petzel, Berlin, Germany
2008   Anita Molinero/Cady Noland/Steven Parrino/Kelley Walker Le Spot, Le Havre Centre D’Art Contemporain
2008   Trahison, CAPC Bordeaux, France
2008   Here Is Every: Four Decades of Contemporary Art The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2008   Not Quite How I Remember It, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
2008   God is Design , curated by Neville Wakefield, Galpão Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil
2008   Second Thoughts, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2007   An Atlas of Events, curated by António Pinto Ribeiro, Debra Singer and Esra Sarigedik Öktem, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
2007   The History of a decade that has not yet been named, Lyon Biennial 2007, Lyon, France
2007   Kelley Walker, Le Magasin-Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; travelling to WIELS-Centre d’art contemporain, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2007   Kelley Walker, Continuous Project (with Seth Price), Modern Art Oxford, curated by Suzanne Cotter, Oxford, UK (solo)
2007   I am Scared of America (with Erik van Lieshout), Museum De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, The Netherlands (solo)
2007   Mario Diacono Gallery at Ars Libri, Brookline, MA (solo)
2007   Summer Group Show, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2007   NeoIntegrity, curated by Keith Mayerson, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Compulsive , presented by Jalouse at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2006   Kelley Walker, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2006   Black Star Press, Power House Memphis, Memphis, TN (solo)
2006   Andy Warhol and Sonny Liston Fly on Braniff (When you got it, flaunt it.) Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Planet 22, Geneva, Switzerland
2006   Civil Restitutions, curated by Jeffrey Uslip and Simon Preston, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England
2006   Defamation of Character, organized by Neville Wakefield, PS1 Contemporary Arts, Queens, NY
2006   The Gold Standard, organized Bob Nickas and Walead Beshty, P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts, Queens, NY
2006   Black/White & Chewing Gum, curated by Gerold Miller, Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Austria
2006   Shiny: Critical Bling , curated by Helen Molesworrth, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
2006   USA Today, Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
2006   Guyton, Price, Smith, Walker , Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
2006   Deaf: From the Audible to the Visible , Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France
2006   Day For Night, Whitney Biennial 2006, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
2005   Crash/Cars, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo (MARCO), Vigo, Spain
2005   Bridge Freezes Before Road, curated by Neville Wakefield, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Invisible Hands and the Common Good, curated by Walead Beshty, Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005   7th Shorjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates
2005   Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
2005   Pictures Are the Problem, curated by Walead Beshty, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
2005   Log Cabin, Artists Space, New York, NY
2005   Situational Prosthetics, New Langton Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005   La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France
2004   Last One On is a Soft Jimmy, curated by Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2004   The Age of Optimism, curated by Fabrice Stroun, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland
2004   La Lettre Volée, F.R.A.C. Franche-Comté Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole, France
2004   pOp, curated by Vincent Pécoil, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern, Switzerland
2004   Tuesday Is Gone, Club 22, Tbilisi, Georgia
2004   Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, organized by Steve Lafreniere and Bob Nickas, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
2003   Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Le Rayon Noir, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland
2003   My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair (but Now They’re Content to Spray Stars from your Boughs), curated by Bob Nickas, Team Gallery, NYC
2003   Melvins, Anton Kern Gallery, NYC
2002   Miss Sissel Kardel, Kelley Walker, Assume Vivid Astro Focus (a.k.a. Eli Sudbrack) , John Connelly Presents, NYC
2002   Painting as Paradox, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Artists Space, NYC
2002   Retrofit, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Lombard Freid Fine Arts, NYC
2002   From the Observatory, curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC
2001   Alpha Flight, John Connelly Presents, NYC
2001   Exposition W, curated by Robert Nickas, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole, France
2001   The Bermuda Triangle, Ten in One project space, NYC
2001   Spring 2001, curated by Chivas Clem and Michele Maccarrone, The Fifth International, NYC
2001   Infinite Jest, Ten in One Gallery, NYC
1999   Answer Yes, No, or Don’t Know, curated by Ricci Albenda, Andrew Kreps Gallery, NYC