Autumn Term, sees the return of the Royal Drawing School series of Creative Conversations; online dialogues between artists, curators and writers. Curated by Dr Claudia Tobin, lectures are held Wednesday evenings live on Zoom.
Caroline Walker is one of the leading British painters of her generation, celebrated for her beguiling paintings of women in domestic settings and – more recently – in their workplaces, whether hotels, nail bars or shops near her studio in north London. Her recent exhibition at the Midlands Art Centre (MAC), Birmingham, was the first to display any of her drawings: working documents that have become fundamental to her painting process, not least as she has moved away from photographic source material in recent years. From rough pencil sketches to large-scale charcoals, and from oil sketches to ink drawings, for Walker different graphic techniques act as waymarkers on the journey towards the canvas. This conversation will reveal the integral role of drawing in her practice: a means of practising for paint, in fact, or of puzzling out a painting on paper and of teaching its mood and composition to the hand. Of drawing towards painting, in other words.