Nick Walker

Nick Walker

as Curated by DK Johnston

Opening the 2016 season, Nick Walker—Quin Arts' inaugural artist-in-residence—revisited the hotel with a tour de force of historic images and a brilliant new vocabulary of abstraction. The new exhibit debuted on January 21st.

The British street artist was Quin Arts' inaugural artist in residence and has created 15 original pieces for display in our permanent collection. His unique style combines spray paint with intricate stenciling, creating an effect that is both eye-catching and sophisticated.  Mingling photographic imagery with the flippant attitude of graffiti, Walker’s work comes off as both culturally studious and satirical.

As a major figure in Bristol’s infamous graffiti culture of the 1980s, Walker’s early work inspired a long line of British artists, including the highly controversial street artist Banksy.  Beyond Bristol, however, Walker’s work is known globally and continues to evolve with the times.  Film director Stanley Kubrick enlisted Walker’s talents to recreate the graffiti-spattered streets of New York City in the 1999 film, Eyes Wide Shut.

Some of Walker’s most-lauded works include Vandal, his signature bowler hat-clad figure, which was featured in a music video for the Black Eyed Peas.  His Moona Lisa, a cheeky take on Leonardo da Vinci’s portraiture, sold for ten times its appraised value at auction.  On display here at the Quin, Walker’s Attack of the Bowlers treats the traditional British gentleman and his bowler hat with a healthy dose of irreverence.  Walker has also created an iconic piece here in the streets of New York City entitled I Love NY, which has been preserved on the Lower East Side.

Nick Walker's solo show at the Quin was on view through February 2016.

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