'Phaethon' on Cover of 'Poets & Artists'
Conor Walton was thrilled and honoured to have 'Phaethon' used on the cover of Poets & Artists magazine's '50 Memorable Painters of 2015' special edition, curated by Didi Menendez and John Seed, with his painting 'An Ape's Limbs compared to Man's' featured inside on a double page spread.
The magazine can
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edition can be viewed and bought via http://www.blurb.com/b/6773165-50-memorable-painters-2015
"We are a multi-interactive publication including print-on-demand. Published from 6 to 8 times a year, we like to place poetry and art together as they should be. We interview art collectors, poets, artists, gallery owners and art dealers to keep our readers in the know. We publish what we love and not what we are paid to publish. We do not advertise. We do not have institutions dictating to us. We feel quality is worth more than quantity. We have guest curators and editors come up themes and submission calls for full issues. In the last few years we have had group shows in Chicago at the Zhou B Art Center and in Florida at Sirona Fine Art. This is an opportunity for some of the artists we feature to show their artwork selected for the show in a gallery setting and in print."
painting in John Seed's 'best of year' Huffington Post blog.
Huffington Post blog, 'Ten Memorable Paintings from 2015' included Conor
Walton's 'An Ape's Limbs Compared to Man's', which was the centerpiece
of his 'Enemies of Progress' show at CK Contemporary in San Francisco.
SF Show Reviewed by Artsy
"Adding an unexpected gravity to kitsch, Irish artist Conor Walton’s still life paintings tap into the Old Master tradition of the vanitas to transform everyday objects, like toys and plastic shopping bags, into powerful (and playful) reminders of our mortality. Invoking Renaissance cabinets of curiosities and studioli, while deploying painterly Old Master techniques, Walton’s oil-on-linen paintings add an element of facetious levity while tapping into traditions of still life and vanitas paintings ... Walton seamlessly blends old and new, rendering Renaissance artifacts together with contemporary objects and settings. Lego Mondrian (2015), for example, shows a skull and a wall of Lego bricks arranged to resemble a Mondrian painting. His handling of paint and use of chiaroscuro harkens back to his Old Master predecessors, but feels decidedly fresh, capturing elusive contrasts like those between transparency and opaqueness. Walton’s visual vignettes seem to satirize the still life tradition even while paying it respect. Regardless, the reference to mortality perseveres. In his version of the vanitas, a garish toy dinosaur and a miniature soldier become commanding harbingers of the effects of globalization; a cluster of tiny Disney princesses and Marvel comic figurines serve as distress signals in the face of acts of terrorism; and a solitary plastic bag of oranges becomes an allusion to impending and inevitable environmental degeneration. It is in this fusion of the sobering and the playful that Walton’s still lifes induce a satisfying visual dissonance, not unlike a memento mori."
Life with Judgement XI' exhibited at MEAM Barcelona
"The European Museum of Modern Art, MEAM, exhibits the finest Contemporary Figurative Art. It is owned by TheFoundation of Arts and Artists, and the purpose is to promote and diffuse Figurative Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries. The Foundation’s claim is to find a new contemporary language without denying tradition by progressing into the new Century. Moreover, the Foundation of Arts and Artists, organizes each year the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Awards, and with the wesbiteFigurativas en Red opens a window with the artworks of the Contemporary Figurative artists . The MEAM is currentlly located at the Gomis Palace, in the middle of the streets of the Born in Barcelona, a neighborhood where culture is always present and reflects the charm of the old part of the city, an area that knew how to mix tradition and modernity, becoming a requiered visit for the tourits interested in the Monumental Barcelona.
The MEAM is different from other Contemporary Art museums because it houses living artists who created Figurative Art. These artworks are hardly seen in other museums, collections or entities, to whom the word Contemporary is identified by experiment and abstraction."
Walton Still Life workshop at NUMU Atelier
The atelier is part of the New Museum, Los Gatos, and run by artist Gabriel Coke.
Enemies of Progess' opens in San Francisco
catalogue of the exhibition is available at
The exhibition will run from November 7 - December 7 2015
Below: gallerist Lauren J Ellis teachess her daughter how to sell paintings
Walton gives Visiting Artist Lecture at LCAD
Laguna College of Art and Design, with one of the leading MFA programmes for figurative painting in the USA, hosted Conor for a Visiting Artist Lecture and Q&A session.
The lecture was recorded and a video will be made available in due course.
attends TRAC15 as 'Demo Artist' and Guest Speaker
Conor Walton attended The Representational Art Conference 2015 in Ventura California as an invited 'Demo Artist' and Guest Speaker on a panel discussion; 'Painting the People Around You' moderated by painter, art-historian and blogger John Seed, with Max Ginsburg, F Scott Hess and Cynthia Sitton.
Scott Hess's article on the panel discussion here:
gave a four-hour still life painting demonstration using a bunch of
a platform for discussion. It does not aspire to establishing a single
monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities,
to help to understand the unique possibilities of representational art,
and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions."
Bostwick Davis, Ph.D., John Moors Cabot Chair Art of the Americas, Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston
Featured Speakers and Panelists
Bohannon, Artist, Northern California
oil painting, New York, New York
portrait featured at state funeral of Thomas Kent
Conor's posthumous portrait of Thomas Kent (1865-1916) received quite a bit of attention at his state funeral two days ago (99 years after he was executed in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising). His remains were recently exhumed from a shallow grave in what used to be Cork Prison, and now rest with his family in the graveyard of his home town, Castlelyons.
Portrait artist of the Year 2015
Portrait artist of the Year 2015' took place in Naas Town Hall on Culture
Night, September 18th. The sitters were Dick Warner, writer and environmentalist,
and Áine Lawlor, RTE presenter.
Walton's portrait of General O'Boyle unveiled
Conor's portrait of Lt. Gen. Conor O'Boyle, retiring Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, was unveiled at McKee Barracks as part of the ceremony marking the 'Transfer of Authority' ceremony to the new COS, Rear Admiral Mark Mellett, with Gen. O'Boyle and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney TD in attendance.
exhibited at RHA Annual Exhibition
Conor was an invited artist at this years Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition and exhibited his recently completed painting 'Burning' (oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches).
Life with Judgement XI' wins 3rd Prize for Still Life at ARC Salon 2015
Figure Humaine' opens in Paris
exhibition of drawings, 'La Figure Humaine' was formally opened by her
Excellency Geraldine Byrne-Nason, Ambassador or Ireland to France, at
Galerie L'Oeil du Prince in Paris.
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