19 Feb Art Fair Fridays – Alexis Walter
This week Heirloom and Knot and I are thrilled to present Alexis Walter as part our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series.
Working with a foundation of abstracted colour, Walter skillfully combines rich shades to create pieces that that are full of movement, life and emotion. Her beautiful way of mixing colours that aren’t inherently supposed to work together, makes her works dynamic, but still pretty and almost delicate in their boldness. Walter’s style feels very contemporary but clearly references historical roots and techniques. Together, her influences and talent create pieces that are joyful, layered and full of depth.
How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
The official answer is 10 years; however, I’ve created and painted my whole life.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art?
“There are no rules” & “Don’t be afraid to do things your own way” were the best pieces of advice for sure. I decided early in my career to sell my work at High Point Market (a design market in North Carolina). At the time I was the only original artist showing. Showing at market went a little against the grain but it’s been a fantastic experience.
Another important tid-bit was “Don’t undervalue your time,” which is all too easy to do.
How would you describe your creative process?
I always start with color. I’ll have a color in mind, mix it, and then blend new colors using the original color as a base. I’m always amazed to see how the color changes over time.
What is your favourite medium to work in?
I’m really into heavy body acrylics. I’ve always loved oil painting but the cleanup and fumes were just too much. I’ve found that with a little tweaking the heavy body paint can look very similar to oils.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Hands down, seeing my work in national publications has been the biggest high light. It never gets old.
How would you describe your signature style?
Modern with a link to the past. While my work is contemporary, it is often inspired by historical items. The inspiration for my latest collection is antique maps. I’ve used aged colors and washes to make my modern shapes approximate the style of the shapes in the maps.
Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
Everywhere! And it can happen at any time. My studio is right behind my house, which is amazing because I can run outside and paint as soon as inspiration strikes.
What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
That’s a hard one to answer so I’ll go with what I hear most from clients. There is something about the colors I mix and the color combinations I use which must set me apart from others. I recently completed a bunch of paintings for a local hospital. The designers had to find paintings to match pre-existing paint colors- think avocado green with an orange accent wall and navy trim! It was a challenge, but the designers chose my work because I can use unusual colors that don’t generally go together and make it work. Well, most of the time…
No. 1 Narciso Rodriguez – Textured-Crepe Dress – $2,554.00
No. 2 Nine West Canada – Winslit Sneaker – $155.00
No. 3 Kelly Wearstler – Mulholland Dinner Plate – $130.00
No. 4 Holt Renfrew – Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation – $90.00
No. 5 Black Rooster – Rose Quartz Table Lamp – $1090.98
No. 6 Society 6 – Brush Strokes Phone Case – $35.00
No. 7 H&M Home – Soft Blanket – $39.99
No. 8 ELTE – Stardust Gold Pillow – $465.00
When artists can take colours that aren’t supposed to look pretty together and combine them in a way that enhances each one in such a perfect way, so as to elevate all, that’s magic right there…
Of course, the pink ones have stolen my heart most of all but just in love with Walter’s entire portfolio.