June 04, 2013, 12:31 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- London artist Caroline Walker will be the star of a fascinating new exhibition at the PM Gallery & House in Ealing on July 18th. The gallery is one of outer London's most impressive venues, located inside the Grade I-listed Pitzhanger House, which was designed for himself to live in by the architect John Soane in 1800. It is found in the middle of the lovely Walpole Park in Ealing Broadway in west London, a short train ride from Heathrow and is one of the most interesting cultural attractions within easy access of the airport. LondonTown.com features numerous deals on hotels near Heathrow airport for tourists and travellers.
Walker is a bright talent in current international figurative painting. She makes paintings that explore people's physical and psychological relationships with the buildings in which they spend time – whether at home, work, at leisure or in more mysterious circumstances. With a particular interest in femininity and full of contemporary and historical references and influences, Walker's practice is an engaging journey into the modern female condition and the ‘female gaze'. In Every Dream Home runs from July 18th to September 8 th at PM Gallery and full details of this and other summer exhibitions in London can be found on LondonTown.com.
Walker's paintings depict women undertaking all manner of activities, from everyday chores, sleeping and sunbathing to more obscure or dramatic scenarios, taking the viewer inside people's private worlds and states of mind. Some seem lonely, bored, tired or depressed, while others appear happy and relaxed, whether alone or in company. Many of the locations depicted are luxury houses and apartments, and it is hard to say if a particular person is the owner or a tenant, a guest or a maid, opening up social and cultural questions about the paintings and inviting us to question whether we are looking at the super-rich at leisure, house-sitters, holidaymakers, people under house arrest, domestic workers, squatters, or actors on set. The show's title was inspired by the Roxy Music song ‘In Every Dream Home A Heartache' and cinematic and theatrical atmosphere pervades the work, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to David Lynch.
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