Brett Anderson Walker was born in Connecticut. At age 18, he declined a scholarship to Cornell University and instead embarked on a self-study tour of the major art museums of America and Europe. Traveling throughout Europe, he studied the great masters and immersed himself in their environment. Walker began painting with oils at age 14 and experimenting with pastels and sculpture in his mid twenties. As a true multimedia artist, he also devotes himself to film and performance art. He presently works and lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Walker is inspired by human form and expression. His work ignites introspection by exposing the complexities of human existence, with its joys and struggles. A central motif in his paintings is the smeared, expressive and dark-themed portrait. He uses the "suggestion" of the eye, nose, and mouth to convey the various emotions and sensations which permeate human thinking and feeling. In his latest body of work, which the artist considers to be his most important and provocative, there is a dramatic play between classical and broken contemporary forms.
Walker carries the same themes in his films. "Run Run",which he wrote, produced and directed, was acquired by the Delaware Art Museum and has been shown in numerous venues, including the Zoetropolis Theater in Lancaster, PA, the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA and the West Chester Film Festival. The 50 minute film delves into what Walker calls "the full range of emotions" that an artist experiences. It focuses on the day of an art interviewer. His film "A Sculpture's Dream" premiered in April 2003 at the Garrubbo Bazan Gallery. His latest "Jack, Jack and the Native Blue Sandwich" showed at the Mc Kinney gallery West Chester University in 2007. Walker has also made a dramatic short "The Big Night" and a documentary "Cries of the Forest", which depicts the plight of indigenous people in Equator against Chevron Texaco.
Mr. Walker has received awards including the Sisley Prize (Paris, France), the Westmoreland National Award(PA), the Three Rivers Arts Festival Award (Pittsburg, PA) and the Massachusetts Arts Council Grant Award. He exhibits in Paris, New York, and throughout the world. His work can be found in numerous art collections in Europe and the United States.