Bodies Mapping Time:

New Portraits of Women by J. Michael Walker


Opening Night Reception: Saturday, May 9, 2009 from 7-10 pm


Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present “Bodies Mapping Time: New Portraits of Women” by artist J. Michael Walker.

Known for mapping the soul of L.A. in his well-received project “All the Saints of the City of the Angels” the artist now explores another chart of navigation - the female body and the spirit that animates it.

“A woman’s body is a map of her life’s journey, a reflection of her experiences, and an expression of her spirit” – J. Michael Walker

Focusing on ten women ranging in age from thirty-two to seventy-eight, J. Michael worked collaboratively with his subjects to create empathic images wherein each woman’s revealed body reveals her inner essence.

Like many figurative artists, J. Michael has long used photographs as reference for his paintings and drawings of women.   However, he recently began looking at photography on its own terms, both as an artistic medium and, more importantly, as a tool to give his subjects a more direct say in their representation.  What the artist and his models have produced for our exhibition are sensitively poetic portraits of women as beautiful, strong, and wise: survivors of life’s struggles and co-creators of their path.  

Please join us as we celebrate the graceful beauty of J. Michael Walker’s new photographic works.

May 9 to June 7, 2009