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London's Hidden Gem: The Inspirational Life and Art of Anthony Walker - artist biography

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

Anthony Walker wildlife artist

Introduction: London's art scene is known for producing remarkable talents, but there are some hidden gems that often go unnoticed. One such artist is Anthony Walker, whose life journey and artistic brilliance are both inspirational and captivating. Let's delve into the extraordinary story of this talented Londoner and the transformative power of art.

Early Life and Struggles: Born and raised in Thornton Heath, South London, Anthony grew up in a loving family with both parents and two older sisters.

However, life took a tumultuous turn when he moved to Purley, South London, for high school.

There, he faced challenges with other students, always feeling like an outsider coming from a different school.

And at home, his eldest sister was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour (Cushing's Syndrome).

The experience of racism, which was new to him, added to his difficulties in adapting to his new surroundings.

Anthony Walker

A Dark Path:

As a teenager, seeking solace in the wrong crowd, Anthony fell into a world of crime, substance abuse, and drug dealing from a young age.

By 17, his parents' divorce further added to his hardships, leaving him emotionally vulnerable and lost.

It was at this time that he was given a prison sentence.

Art as Redemption: It was during this fateful period of incarceration at the age of 17 that Anthony's life began to take a positive turn.

In jail, he discovered a newfound talent for drawing and started trading his art for tobacco and luxury food items. This revelation marked the beginning of his artistic journey and the first glimmer of hope.

Big Five Big 5 painting
Anthony Walker working on 'Wild Currency'

Love and Redemption: At 21, Anthony became a young father but found himself entangled in an immature and volatile relationship.

However, fate smiled upon him when he met his soul mate, Sarah, at the age of 22.

Her love, support, and belief in his artistic abilities helped him realise that he was wasting his life and had the potential for greatness.

The Struggle in London: Having always been fascinated by animals and conservation from a young age, Anthony's passion for wildlife art grew and he decided to put down the pencil and try the brush, specifically in the challenging style of Hyperrealism.

He has donated work to Explorers Against Extinction and possibly his most emotive painting, Wild Currency illustrates the poachers' perceived value of the Big 5 in gold leaf, certainly caught the eyes of many.

However, the high costs of living in London were forcing him to paint in cramped and unsuitable conditions.

Despite the challenges, he persevered, determined to pursue his dreams and make a name for himself in the art world.

Anthony Walker and baby

Embracing the Future:

Now, at the age of 36, Anthony and Sarah are embarking on a new chapter in their lives.

With their first child on the way, they are engaged to be married and have decided to move to Preston, Lancashire, in Northwest England.

This move will offer Anthony the opportunity to have a dedicated art studio, allowing him to work in an environment that nurtures his creativity.

The Happiest He's Ever Been: As he looks toward the future, Anthony is filled with joy and gratitude. He has come a long way from his troubled past, and his journey serves as an inspiration to all those who face adversity. His art, a reflection of his transformation and inner strength, resonates with people from all walks of life.

Conclusion: The inspirational life and art of Londoner, Anthony Walker, are a testament to the power of redemption, love, and creativity. From a tumultuous past to a promising future, his journey is a reminder that talent can flourish amidst struggles, and art can heal wounds and bring joy. As Anthony finds happiness in his new life, let us celebrate the hidden gems of the art world and the remarkable stories they have to tell.

Many of you will know Anthony, having been to his October 2020 Exhibition in rural Downe, Kent. Many of you also bought his amazing art.

It would mean a lot to him if some of you could see your way to sharing this Bio.

Art is a tough business to be in....starting again in a new location is no easier. Thank you!

Anthony Walker artist biography


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