Darryl Walker - My Story
" I like to paint large exotic landscapes, trying to recall and capture wonderfull places I have seen on my travels and the beauty of Shropshire. I also like to paint people and animals. I am a huge fan of the pre-raphaelites and attempt to capture my world on Canvas."
Darryl Walker was born in Shrewsbury, in a converted stable annexed to the White House next to the BoatHouse Pub on Christmas day 1950.
Schooled at Kingsland Grange and latterly at Shrewsbury School, Darryl discovered his love of painting under the tutorage of Mr John Alford.
Darryl then studied Fine Art Painting at Cantebury College where his personal tutor was Ian Dury of the Royal College of Art (before he became famous with his band the Blockheads).
Darryl won the David Murray Prize, a national landscape competition at the Royal Academy.
Darryls exhibitions have included several at the Bear Steps Gallery in Shrewsbury and the Woodstock Gallery near Bond Street.
Darryl has travelled extensively, including Europe, Morocco, the Canary islands, then to Stockholm where he lived for 2 years, painting and selling his paintings and then travelled to India overland where he stayed for two years painting several murals. Having returned to Stockholm to sell his paintings, Darryl then returned to India twice and after several years of adventures, sketching and surviving on minimal funds, he decided to return and 'settle down' in his historic home town of Shrewsbury where he now concentrates on his art. He still likes to travel and record the new places discovered on these trips
In 2004 Darryl had a painting in the 'Not the Turner Prize' in the Mall gallery London, and recently exhibited two paintings in the 3 Counties Exhibition at Keele University including his sea world oil painting exhbited in the virtual exhibition of 2020. He regularly exhibits and has a One Man Show due at the Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury planned for 2021.