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Van Gogh-alike exhibits in Walton
Surrey’s stand in for Vincent Van Gogh will exhibit his work in Walton.
John A Walker, a painter and retired art historian, bases his work on the Dutch post-impressionist, but denies his work is a copy or a forgery.
Walker says: “It is a creative response or homage to a superb pen and ink drawing of a landscape by Vincent.
“Rather than use one of my own drawings as a starting point, I employed one of Vincent’s that he never turned into a painting. I have had to invent or imagine the colouration.”
Walker draws inspiration from the use Francis Bacon made of Van Gogh’s self portrait on the road to Tarascon and has published a detail analysis of the drawing.
The drawings show many views, including an ancient abbey and a plain near Arles in Provence.
Since this painting, Walker has completed a further five based on Van Gogh’s works, which will all be shown alongside reproductions of the historic originals.
After Vincent by John A Walker; Robert Philips Gallery, The Riverside Barn, Manor Road, Walton; September 4 to 15; 10am to 4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 2.30pm to 4.30pm Sundays; call 01932 254198 or visit riverhousebarn.com.
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