Spray Paint Portraits: David Walker
It’s hard enough to photograph a compelling portrait, now imagine trying to make one using only a few cans of spray paint. UK-based artist David Walker does just that and the results are absolutely stunning. Not only does he brilliantly capture the subtlety and nuance of his subjects’ faces (which he culls from found photography, old magazines and even the web), but his frenetic color work and style perfectly compliments the street art that has obviously inspired him. For years, Walker used only black, white and pink to create his portraits until, as he says, “I came across a box of random coloured spray paint that had been buried in the studio and started exploring as many colours as I could and all at once. It just felt right at the time and it’s been a lot of fun.” His work looks equally at home on a gallery wall or the crumbling brick of a dilapidated warehouse. Brilliant.
“I just like the fact that anybody under their own motivation can make something that a lot of people will see, that is not affected by the constraints of an establishment. I think in the world we find ourselves in today it is important for everyone. I’m not saying all of it is great or even positive but whether you like graffiti and street art or not, I appreciate that it can still happen, that we still have some rebel culture in the UK, we need it.” – From an interview with David Walker in Juxtapoz