Douglas Walker was born in Brockville, Ontario. He graduated with an Honors Diploma from the Ontario College of Art in 1981. He presently lives and works in Toronto.
During the 1980’s Walker received early acclaim for his work in photo-drawing, photography, and sculpture. In the 1990’s Douglas turned to painting and recently reduced his palette to the Blue and White for which he is now known for. Through these disparate media he has consistently articulated a finely wrought vision of the beautiful residing in the strange. Characteristic of his work is the provocation of dread and delight in the unfamiliar.
Considered a unique talent, Douglas stands apart from his contemporaries in his uncanny ability to make works of a compelling originality regardless of media. Walker has exhibited at ICA in London, UK, the Dia Foundation in New York, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, each in Toronto. Walker has been the focus of a travelling mid-career retrospective curated by the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon and an overview of his work was featured at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. He has also shown at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, Hallwalls in Buffalo, and 49th Parallel in New York City. Plus Gallery was the first to present his work to the western region of the US, through inclusion in the 2009 group exhibition “Brave New World” as well as the following year in the inaugural Denver Biennial of the Americas exhibition “You Are Here” which included celebrated Canadian artists Alex McLeod, Brandan Tang and Andrew Rucklidge.
Douglas’s work is included in many important public and private collections most notably the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mendel Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and First Western Trust. He has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Walkers work has captured extensive media and critical attention wherever he has exhibited.