Polar by Gill Walton

Oil on Aluminium
Image: 50cm x 50cm
Frame: 64cm x 64cm

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Gill Walton

Gill is a multiple award winning, life-long artist. She currently works from her studio in the Eastern Scottish Borders.

She is a part time fine art lecturer and tutor and through thorough research she has developed a deep understanding of artists from the past, such as Caravaggio, Turner and Vermeer. She often ends up using their approaches in her own work while developing new methods.
Her paintings are contemporary figurative using pigment-rich oil paints on aluminium. They merge influences as diverse as historical portraiture, Jungian psychology and dream worlds to create a unique visual language deep in metaphor which can sometimes pose more questions than answers.

After graduating with an honours degree in Sculpture from Cheltenham College of Art in 1989 she has continued to practice art and has exhibited widely.

Currently Gill delivers workshops for Berwick Educational Association and Berwick Visual Arts around their exhibition programme. Prior to this she was the founder of Allanbank Arts, an art centre in the Scottish Borders which she ran until 2017.
Before that she was a part time lecturer at Worcester College of Art, Stroud College of Art and Borders College. She was also an artist in residence for Gloucestershire psychiatric services and delivered art groups to mental health patients for seven years.

Selected Awards and Commissions
Awarded best exhibitor stand at Borders Art Fair 2019
Creative Scotland Visual Artists Award. 2010/11. Migraine Project.
Awards For All and Eccles and Leitholm Primary School. 2006/7 Commission to build a sculpture for the school grounds.
Art Shape and East Glos NHS Trust. 1996 Commissioned to build a temporary sculpture for Imperial Gardens Cheltenham for the duration of the Literature festival. ‘The Storytellers’
East Glos NHS Trust. 1995 Commissioned to produce twelve permanent artworks for a new mental health hospital.

Current and Recent Exhibitions and Galleries
Ashburn Gallery, Devon
Torrance Gallery, Dundas St, Edinburgh
Dancing Light Gallery, La Mancha
Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts Open Exhibition at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow
White Fox Gallery, Coldstream
Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello
Number 4 Gallery, St Abbs
Arusha Gallery, Gill Walton, Peter Hallam and Chris Hall, August 2017
Borders Art Fair 2018 and 19 and 20
Glasgow Art Fair 2019

Solo Exhibition
‘A Butterfly Collection’
Axiom Centre for Contemporary Art
Cheltenham
April 1997

Associations
Member of the Scottish Artist’s Union
Member of the Society of Scottish Artists
Member of Visual Arts Scotland