Bill Walton

Bill Walton was a Philadelphia artist who made elegant sculptures and drawings evoking a poetic minimalism attuned to the specificity of place. His work references the natural features of the landscape, the domestic geography of the home, or a longing for a lost industrialism and its associations with hard work. At the age of twenty-nine in 1964, Walton was so moved by an exhibition of sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts that he officially declared himself an artist. He had just moved to Philadelphia from Chicago, where he briefly studied at the Institute of Design. A commercial printmaker by trade, Walton taught printmaking at Moore College of Art and Design from 1974-2010. Since 1971 his work has been exhibited at museum and gallery venues throughout Philadelphia, as well as nationally. He had recent solo exhibitions in New York at James Fuentes and JTT (2012), Institute of Contemporary Art (2011), Fleisher/Ollman (2011), and the Print Center (2011), all in Philadelphia. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, included Walton in three major group exhibitions in 1994, 1991, and 1987. Fleisher/Ollman represents the Walton estate.

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