Deborah Walker's practice is characterised by the seemingly straightforward representation of figures and their settings.  Yet her works challenge the idea of immediate access and evoke a lingering metaphysical undercurrent. For over two decades she has made work of consistent focus, ones that are characterised by their enigmatic presence. 

The artist has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally with works that have consistently focused on the inner life of the figures portrayed.  While her work has been shown in many national portrait awards, these portraits operate as internalised reflections, as much as faithful facsimiles.  It is imagery centred on poetic and philosophical concerns, particularly those of the metaphysical. Her connection to the poetic is evident in the following essay by Australian poet Kevin Hart :

 (Her) images come to us from very far away.  It is as though they took an infinite time to reach us.  What we see is at once clear and utterly      mysterious.  Here, clarity is the mode in which enigma or a mystery comes into view. We see things, to be sure. We see them as though for         the first time because none of them has been stripped of (their) unique strangeness. . . There is a sense in Deborah Walker's images that      things abide in a space of their own.  Prof. K. Hart, University of Virginia, U.S.A.

She has completed both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in visual arts and a number of her visual projects have been supported by research grants from the Australia Council and Australian universities where she has lectured widely. 

Walker has completed various commissions,  received prizes and award and been short-listed and acquired in national prizes, (Moran, Portia Geach, Geelong Prize) and is represented in major collections, (NGA, NGV,) both in Australia, Europe and USA. Walker has received numerous awards, grants and residences in visual arts, (Bundanon (Arthur Boyd Trust); Queensland College of Art, Griffith University; Trades Hall Studio; Project Grant, Visual Arts Board and Travel Grant, Australia Council, New York.)  

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Selected Solo Exhibitions



















Solo Exhibition, Carlisle Street Arts Space, St.Kilda

Spectres - Paintings, Norwegian Church Gallery, Cardiff, U.K.

Library: Recent Paintings, St. Kilda Town Hall Gallery
Demons & Deities: Recent Paintings, Andrew Baker Gallery, Brisbane

Recent Diptychs, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne
Home Sweet Home, Paintings

Clouds & Shadows, Paintings, Andrew Baker Gallery, Brisbane
Paintings, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Canada
Spectral Bequest, Andrew Baker Art Dealer
Recent Paintings, Gallery 101, Melbourne
Homage to the Infinite, Survey Exhibition, Stonnington Stables Museum of Art

Kansas State University Gallery, Kansas, USA
Paintings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Paintings, Andrew Baker Gallery, Brisbane
Paintings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Paintings, Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
Recent Paintings, Niagara Gallery, Paintings, Melbourne
Recent Paintings, Niagara Gallery, Melbourne
New York Drawings, 200 Gertrude Street Gallery, Melbourne
Gerstman Abdullah Fine Arts International, Germany


Selected Group Exhibitions





















2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Borrowed Scenery, Campbell Town Art Gallery

St. Kevin’s Invitation Art Prize, Finalist 

Portia Geach Art Prize, Finalist

Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Finalist
Portia Geach Art Prize, Finalist,
Doug Moran Prize, Semi-finalist

Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Finalist

Finalist, Bayside Art Prize
Finalist, Portia Geach Art Prize
Finalist, Gallipoli Art Prize
Semi-finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney
Portia Geach Prize, Finalist, S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney
Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Melbourne
Finalist, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Melbourne
Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney
Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Finalist, S. H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Deakin University Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Art Gallery
Finalist, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Finalist, Geelong Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery
Finalist & Acquired, Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery
Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Finalist, S. H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Climate Change, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
Paul Guest Invitation Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
Recent Works, Deakin University Art Gallery
Recent Drawings, City Gallery, Flinders Lane
Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
R & M McGivern Invitation Prize, Maroondah Art Gallery
Drought, Melbourne Writer’s Festival, in collaboration with poet Kevin Brophy Warrnambool Art Gallery, 25 year Collection Exhibition
R & M McGivern Art Prize, Invitation Prize, Maroondah Art Gallery

Girls, Girls, Girls, Images of Femininity from the Banyule Art Collection Swan Hill Drawing Prize, Swan Hill Regional Gallery
Fantastic and Visionary Art, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery



National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria

Queensland Art Gallery

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Print Council of Australia

Ian Potter Foundation

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

State Library of Queensland

Freemantle Arts Centre

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Warrnambool Art Gallery

Campbelltown City Art Gallery

Freemantle Arts Centre

Geelong Art Gallery

Gladstone Art Gallery

Australian Catholic University

Deakin University Museum of Art
La Trobe University
Koman Art Gallery


Selected Bibliography

Heathcote, Christopher

Australian Painting 1788 – 2000, by Bernard Smith, chapters by Terry Smith & Christopher Heathcote, Oxford University Press, 2001