Nick Walker Biography
Nick Walker is one of the most notable urban artist and printmaker, widely known for his use of stencils and sophisticated, ironic imagery.
Early Life & Career
Nick Walker was born in 1969 in Bristol, UK. During the 1980s, Walker was connected with the Graffiti scene in Bristol. In 1992, he began to combine stencils with his freehand work, which allowed him to juxtapose almost photographic imagery with the rawness which evolved from traditional graffiti styles.
Stencils offer an impression element to his work. The appeal of stencils is that they allow him to take an image from anywhere, dissect any part of life and recreate it on any surface. In 1999, Walker was invited by film director Stanley Kubrick to recreate the graffiti streets of New York for his film “Eyes Wide Shut.“
His paintings now sell for large sums of money. At the beginning of his career in 2006, a spray painted work titled “Moona Lisa” sold for an unexpected £54,000 at Bonhams in London. At a solo exhibition at London’s Black Rat Gallery in 2008, £750,000 worth of art was sold, with dozens of people camping outside the gallery overnight.
In 2011, Walker was the leading participant, See No Evil event in Bristol, where he painted “perhaps the most striking piece at the event,” one of his bowler-hatted gentlemen on the side of a tower block in Nelson Street.
Nick Walker was the very first artist-in-residence of the Quin Arts program at the Quin Hotel in New York City, a program that has also hosted Chaz Harrison, of the street art duo London Police, and Blek le Rat, a French stencil graffiti specialist. On November 2016, Walker joined a cohort of former Quin Arts artists-in-residence tested to use a D’Angelico Guitar as their “canvas,” for an artist salon.
Many of his works feature political messages, such as his Coran Can (2010), a mural on the streets of Paris that depicts a line of women dancing the can-can and wearing Burqa; Walker was referring to President Sarkozy’s plan to ban the Burqa in France.
His work in the movie industry includes painting sets for the science fiction film Judge Dredd (1995) and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
Walker’s work has been a major influence on the work of Banksy, another well-known Graffiti artist from Bristol. His work has been exhibited at galleries such as the Black Rat Projects in London, the Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles, and the 95 Gallery in Berlin.
Nick holds a British nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. Nick is in a relationship with an unknown lady, and he has posted pictures of her on one of his Instagram posts saying, happy Valentine’s day to her.
Being one of the first people to use stencils in his work, his style attracted widespread attention. He has created spray paint portraits of Krust, Roni Size, and Carl Cox as well as a comic strip for Roni Size’s Dope Dragon label. As his Spray paint work titled “Moona Lisa” was sold at £54,000 at Bonhams in London which definitely proves that he earns handsome income and his net worth estimated to be around million.