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Jordan K Walker is an award winning landscape painter, illustrator, and teacher based in Eugene, Oregon. His work explores the complex and varied landscapes of the American West. 

 

With painting gear in hand, Jordan hikes through the wild spaces of western North America and creates studies to better understand his surroundings. Intense examples of light and atmosphere, as well as a sense of the geological timescale of his favorite subjects are important elements in his work. He is continually drawn to the timeless drama of stormy skies, churning Pacific tides, steep alpine slopes, and ancient forests. Increasingly, he has found inspiration in the arid steppe of the Great Basin region, where incredible rock spires emerge from blankets of sage and juniper.

 

In the studio, Jordan uses his studies and photographic reference gathered in the wild to compose immersive paintings. He strives to communicate the power and beauty of his subjects through the use of dynamic compositions, expressive brushstrokes, and unexpected color contrasts.

 

Jordan grew up in the ‘Ocean State” of Rhode Island, where he learned to appreciate the Atlantic coastline, eastern woodlands, and the many creatures that inhabited these ecosystems. Though time spent outdoors in nature was never as frequent as he would have liked, it was something he always treasured as a child. This fostered a lifelong interest in natural history, and engendered in him a desire to explore more far flung environments. Science fiction and fantasy novels provided a sense of escape, and he immersed himself the fantastic worlds of his favorite authors as well as many of his own creation. To express his love for nature and his own imaginative creations, Jordan spent as much time as possible drawing. He filled dozens of sketchbooks throughout high school, and was bolstered by the encouragement of his parents and the enthusiasm of his peers. A family trip to Alaska during this time served as an introduction to the wonders of the western end of the continent, and left him eager to see more. By the end of this period he was certain of two things; he would go on to become a professional artist, and he would move west to explore the Pacific coast and the mountainous regions of North America. 

Jordan graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 2016. During his time at RISD he learned a number of valuable lessons in conceptual thinking and composition design, and became enamored with oil paint as a medium. It was in a studio classroom that he met his life partner; fellow illustrator Emily Poole. Together they moved to Oregon shortly after graduation in search of vast wilderness and pristine ecosystems to explore. 

 

He spent his first few years out of college fostering a career as a professional illustrator, creating rich imaginative scenes featuring strange creatures for a variety of publications. 

 

Illustration Clients include: Monte Cook Games, Ironzog Games, Ramblebine Brewing, 3DTotal Publishing, Graphite Magazine, and 3DTotal.com. His work is also featured in Spectrum 25.  

 

Though these subjects are still important to him, he was soon blown away by the sense of scale and history of the western landscape. Feeling a strong need to communicate his experiences and interpretations of the places he was seeing, he shifted his focus to spend more time painting the incredible tangible environments he has come to love.

 

Jordan’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Steamboat Art Museum, CFD Old West Museum, Maryhill Museum of Art, and the Bowers Museum. Many of his paintings are held in private collections around the globe. 

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Gallery Representation: 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 2022     Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • 2022     Plein Air Invitational Show, Salem on the Edge Gallery, Salem, OR

  • 2022     Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

  • 2022     Above the Clouds; Art of the Alpine, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY

  • 2022     California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

  • 2022     Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO

  • 2022     Art in Bloom Show, Art Focus Fine Art, Hamilton, MT

  • 2022     Western Spirit Juried Art Show & Sale, Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum, Cheyenne, WY

  • 2021     Annual Miniature Show, Art Focus Fine Art, Hamilton, MT

  • 2021     Art For All Seasons; Annual Member Show, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

  • 2021    The World Around Us; Plein Air Painters of Lane County, Emerald Art Center, Eugene, OR

  • 2021     Every Day Inspiration: A Still life Invitational, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

  • 2020     Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co+Exist, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY

  • 2020     The Oregon Coast, Eugene Airport (curated by Maude Kerns Art Center), Eugene OR

  • 2019     Art for All Seasons; Annual Member Show, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

  • 2019     Emerald Spring Exhibition, Emerald Art Center, Eugene, OR

  • 2018     Eugene Biennial, Karin Clarke Gallery, Eugene, OR 

  • 2018     Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co-Exist, RISD ISB Gallery, Art Prov Gallery, Providence, RI

  • 2017     Group Show, Oregon Art Supply Gallery, Eugene, OR

  • 2017     Teton Raptor Center Show, Pearl Street Bagels, Jackson, WY

  • 2016     Cabinet of Curiosities, RISD ISB Gallery, Providence, RI

  • 2015     Vinum, Art and Archaeology Exhibition, Murlo, Vescovado di Murlo, Tuscany, Italy

  • 2013     Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 2012     Art.Write.Now National Exhibition, Parsons: The New School for Design, New York, NY

  • 2011     Art.Write.Now National Exhibition, World Financial Center Gallery, New York, NY

 

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2022     Spotlight Feature for Volcanic Krummholz, Western Art Collector Magazine

  • 2022     Spotlight feature in the 21 Under 31 article, Southwest Art Magazine

  • 2022     Out of State Artist Member of the California Art Club

  • 2022     Associate member of the Oil Painters of America

  • 2021    Member of the Jury, Submergence, Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon,            

                            Jack Straw Gallery

  • 2019    Member of the Jury, 20th Annual Mayor’s Teen Art Show, Maude Kerns Gallery

  • 2018    Juror’s Choice Award, Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co-Exist, Creature Conserve

  • 2013    Artist Guest of Honor, Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness, Tangent Gallery

  • 2012    National Gold Medal and American Visions Awards, Scholastic art and Writing Awards

  • 2011    National Gold Medal and American Visions Awards, Scholastic art and Writing Awards

 

Teaching:

  • 2021 - 2022      - Landscape Painting Workshop Instructor, Oregon Coast School of Art, Gardiner, OR

  • 2020                  - The Art and Science of Orca and Salmon Co-Recovery, co-Taught through

                                            Creature conserve and the Endangered Species Coalition

  • 2020                 - Art and Science of Biodiversity Workshop, National Museum of Wildlife Art,

                                            Jackson, WY 

  • 2019 - 2022     - Plein Air Painting, Watercolor Painting, Ink Drawing, and Narrative Illustration  

                                             Instructor, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

  • 2018 - 2019     - Plein Air Workshop Leader, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene, OR

  • 2018 - 2022    -  Landscape Painting, Ink Drawing Instructor, Oregon Art Supply, Eugene, OR

  • 2013 - 2015     - POD Open Studio Instructor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

 

Collections:

  • The Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project - Vescovado Di Murlo, Tuscany, Italy

  • Cranston Public Library - Cranston, RI

  • Paintings are also held in private collections in the US, Canada, Turkey, Ireland, and Austria.

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