Lois Walker Abstract Mixed Media "The Sum of Her Parts"
Lois Walker (American, born 1929)
The Sum of Her Parts
Mixed media on heavyweight paper
Signed to verso
Inscribed labels to verso
From the artist’s estate.
American artist, writer, and educator, Lois Walker, was born in 1929 in Illinois. Having an early affinity for education, she continued her schooling in Kansas where she obtained degrees in Humanities and Elementary Education in the 1950s. In order to complete her teaching certification, Walker relocated to New York City to attend Columbia University. Not long after, she was hired as a teacher in Long Island. Alongside her teaching, Walker’s first creative medium was poetry. By the 1970s she had expanded her practice to found-object sculptures, and then to painting under the tutelage of artists Stan Brodsky and Paul Wood. In the late 1980s, Walker chose to retire from teaching to become a full-time artist and writer. Though educators truly never stop teaching, Walker held positions on the New York Council for the Arts and the Long Island Poetry Collective. Much like her educational work, Walker’s art swiftly gained recognition across Long Island, and brought her the attention of the Sylvia White Contemporary Artist’s gallery which operated in New York and California. As a member of the second-generation Abstract Expressionists, Walker’s art was exhibited across the United States and internationally in Spain and Denmark.
Lois Walker has won numerous awards including the Best in a Group show in Lewistown, Idaho, and an Award of Excellence from the Firehouse Gallery. Her work was exhibited in a 2018 retrospective by the Art League of Long Island, and featured in the 2019 Stan Brodsky & Friends landmark show for her mentor. That same year she was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Having left her mark in education and the arts, Lois Walker retired from creating in 2015, and now maintains a quiet life in New York City.
- handling wear, discolorations throughout.