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
“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
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