Tom Walker – 27th October to Thurs 26th November 2009

Tom Walker’s Snooker in the Frame
Tues 27th October to Thurs 26th November 2009
Open evening 30th October 7-9pm

Don’t be fooled by the title! Pastel artist, Tom Walker, takes you on a bizarre, funny, surreal adventure through snooker’s parallel universes. Not to be missed!

“ They are superb, and what I love about them is watching other people’s reactions to them…
They really illustrate the different tastes that people have. They all seem to have a favourite but rarely have I seen people agree on which one it is.”
6 times World Snooker Champion, STEVE DAVIS OBE

WHAT IS SNOOKER IN THE FRAME?

In 2005, I, pastel artist, TOM WALKER, an awestruck watcher, but awful player of snooker decided to explore the visual potential of this remarkable game from my own creative point, or points of view.
Knowing that the creative process, like a frame of snooker, can be unpredictable in its outcomes, I started drawing some balls just to see what would happen next and before you could cry ‘foul!’ I was picking Snooker’s pockets, top, bottom and middle and finding a lot more than just balls in them. Not so much ‘off the back of a lorry’, but more ‘off the rails’!

Pretty soon, I realised that if I kept at it for long enough, I could leave the petty pilferings behind and attempt a maximum break-in. So, as a kind of artistic wild card, I broke into some of the snooker tournaments, the 2006 and 2007 UK Championships and the 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Championships where the WSA found me some space and the BBC put some of my pictures, and me doing a couple of them – A Rest In Ironbridge and Many Crucibilities – on TV. My warmest thanks to all concerned.

Meanwhile, during those 4.5 years, I created the projected 147+ snooker-related pastel pictures, coming at the theme from a wide variety of angles; using spin, stun and side liberally in order to end up either in or out of position – depending on the observer’s point of view – but always attempting to discover the less familiar aspects of snooker – what was happening on the table on the other side of the screen, so to speak. These pictures, then, are principally concerned with snooker’s parallel cue-niverses.
The results are mostly metamorphic, sometimes surprising, hopefully humorous, suggestively skilful, cautiously cosmic, semi-scientific, hemi-historical, mega-mythological, archly archaeological, neuronutritional, allegorically agricultural, merrily military, subtly sociological, psychologically repsychled, medically matter-of-fiction, amusingly animal, variously vegetable, minerally watered, topical, tropical, horticultural, experimental, improvisational, hysterical, philosophical, practical, indescribable. A handful are even serious.

Quite a few are also reverential – homages to artists, composers, writers and other heroes.
All of them are dedicated to cue-ball wizards the world over, but are offered to anyone who wishes to look at them, in the hopes that they will be enjoyed, puzzled over, laughed at, diversely interpreted, intensely scrutinised, exhaustively analysed and possibly even bought.

“Through wit, invention and a fresh eye, Tom Walker has produced his striking series of variations on a theme of snooker, which are lively and intriguing in equal measure.”
Clive Everton

“I first saw Tom’s work a few years ago, and did a double-take as I wasn’t quite sure whether I was seeing things. They are superb, and what I love most about them is watching other people’s reactions to them. It is great to see how different people like different things in them. They really illustrate the different tastes that people have. They all seem to have a favourite but rarely have I seen people agree on which one it is.”
6 times World Snooker Champion, Steve Davis OBE