Kelley Walker (American, b.1969) is a digital media artist, sculptor, and installation artist who made it onto New York Media’s top ten list of Greater New York’s artists most likely to succeed. Walker was born in Columbus, GA, but later moved to Tennessee where he earned his BFA from the University of Tennessee in 1995. He is well-known for bringing to light important issues of consumerism and politics; he is also fond of utilizing iconic cultural images and advertising media.

One of his most popular pieces is Black Star Press, which is a combination of three canvases, arranged billboard-style, that show images of white and black policemen artistically splattered with white and chocolate paint. This artwork is a blending of graffiti pop, racial unrest, ethical corruption, and mass media. Another famous art project of Walker’s is We Joked That Under the Paving Slabs There Was Gold, which consists of a picture of a collapsed road with a large river of orange, red, and yellow covering parts of the image. This computerized work targets the anxiety within contemporary culture and mocks the pursuit of riches.

Walker’s art is not only popular in the United States, but in other countries too, such as Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Some of the major galleries and museums where Walker’s art is featured include the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Thomas Dane Gallery in London, the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, the Museum of American Art in New York, the Air de Paris in France. Walker’s work consists of a large array of both solo and group exhibitions. Walker often collaborates with fellow artist Wade Guyton (American, b.1972). Guyton and Walker use stenciling, digital scanning, photo-silk screening, and inkjet printing in order to craft a multitude of images for alteration. Walker currently lives and works in New York.

Kelley Walker
Kelley Walker
Columbus, 1969

Current Exhibitions

From Day to Day

de la Cruz Collection

01 Oct — 30 Nov
De la Cruz Collection‘s collective 2019-2020 exhibition is titled “From Day to Day” and features a selection...

Past Exhibitions

More / Less

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2018 — 30/09/2019

Force and Form

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2017 — 30/11/2018

Uma Canção para o Rio (parte 2)

18/02/2017 — 25/03/2017

A Song For Rio

20/11/2016 — 28/01/2017

Progressive Praxis

de la Cruz Collection
29/11/2016 — 29/11/2017

Solo Shows

Kelley Walker, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
Front Room: GuytonWalker, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Kelley Walker, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
Whitney on Site: New Commissions Downtown: GuytonWalker, Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Kelley Walker, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin, Germany
GuytonWalker, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
GuytonWalker, Air de Paris, Paris, France
Kelley Walker and Steven Claydon, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Kelley Walker, Wiels, Brussels, Belgium
Billboards: GuytonWalker, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
GuytonWalker, curated by Andrea Viliani, MAMbo–Museo d’Arte Moderna di
Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Kelley Walker, Le Magasin–Centre National dʼArt Contemporain, Grenoble,
France; travelling to WIELS–Centre d’art Contemporain,Brussels, Belgium
I am Scared of America (with Erik van Lieshout), Museum De Hallen Haarlem,Haarlem, The Netherlands
Mario Diacono Gallery at Ars Libri, Brookline, MA
Kelley Walker, Continuous Project (with Seth Price), Modern Art Oxford, curated by Suzanne Cotter, Oxford, UK

Kelley Walker, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium
Black Star Press, Power House Memphis, Memphis, TN
Andy Warhol and Sonny Liston Fly on Braniff (When you got it, flaunt it.), Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
GuytonWalker: Empire Strikes Back, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Kelley Walker, La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France
The Faliever of Judgement, Part III, (GuytonWalker), Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY

The Faliever of Judgement, (GuytonWalker), presented by Greene Naftali Gallery, Reinschau, Cologne
XXXXX BBB XXXXXFFFFFF FFFF, (GuytonWalker), Midway Contemporary, St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN

Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

Group Shows

The 2011 Bridgehampton Biennial, (GuytonWalker), organized by Bob Nickas, Jose Martos Gallery, Sagaponack, NY
The Boy Who Robbed You A Few Minutes Before Arriving At The Ball, curated by Regina Fiorito and Kelley Walker, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
I don’t know if it makes any sense – I feel quite dizzy and a little drunk due to the blow. I will return with more info shortly…, (GuytonWalker), curated by Howie Chen and Tim Saltarelli, IMO, Copenhagen, Denmark
Good Friends, (GuytonWalker), Asia Song Society, New York, NY
Street Trash, (GuytonWalker), 1-800-GO-PENSKE, Brooklyn, NY
Catalogue of the Exhibition, curated by Bob Nickas, Triple V, Paris, France
After Images, curated by Fionn Meade, Musée Juif de Belgique, Brussels,Belgium
That’s The Way We Do It, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
A Painting Show, (GuytonWalker), Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
The Luminous Interval, (GuytonWalker), Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Keeping It Real: Act 4, Material Intelligence, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation
Contemporary Drawings Collection, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Image Transfer, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana ,traveling to Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. Baltimore, MD
Looking at Music 3.0, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Castle, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
3 Instructions, organized by Anne Pontegnie, École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, Belgium
Dwelling, (GuytonWalker), Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

Group Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Compass In Hand:Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporaray Drawings Collection, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia,Spain
Born in Dystopia, Rosenblum Collection & Friends, Paris, France
The Last Newspaper, New Museum, New York, NY
Push and Pull, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
Image Transfer, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Where Do We Go From here? Selections from Coleccion Jumex, Contemporary Arts Centre, OH
Wait for me at the bottom Of The Pool, curated by Bob Nickas, Jose Martos Gallery, Sagaponack, NY
Picture Industry (Good Bye To All That) organized by Walead Beshty, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Held Up By Columns, Renwick Gallery, New York, NY
At Home/Not At Home: Works from the collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Permanent Mimesis, curated by Alessandro Rabottini, Galleria Civicia d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Reprise, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
If My Soul Had a Shape, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Vertically Integrated Manufacturing, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from Colección Jumex, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
Beg, Borrow And Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (Walker and GuytonWalker)
Besides, With, Against and Yet: Abstractin and The Ready-Made Gesture, curated by Deb Singer, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Auto. Sueno Y Materia, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, Asturias,
Spain (5/15–9/21/09); Madrid, Spain (10/8/09–1/10/10)
Drawing Gifts 2009: 6th Annual Benefit Auction for the Drawing Center, New York, NY
The Secret Life of Objects, Midway Contemporary, St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN
Transitions: Painting at the (other) end of art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Cave Paintings, curated by Bob Nickas, PSM Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Quand la première ivresse des succès bruyants…, Château Guiraud, Sauternes, France
FIVE, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia (Walker and GuytonWalker)
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYtraveling to Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Commentary, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Fare Mondi / Making Worlds, (GuytonWalker), La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Silent Writing, (GuytonWalker), Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Walead Beshty, Kelley Walker, and Christopher Williams, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA

Kunst im Heim, Capitain & Petzel, Berlin, Germany
Anita Molinero/Cady Noland/Steven Parrino/Kelley Walker, Le Spot, Le Havre Centre d’Art Contemporain, France
Trahison, CAPC Bordeaux, France
Here Is Every: Four Decades of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Painting: Now and Forever, Part II, Matthew Marks Gallery and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY
Not Quite How I Remember It, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
God is Design, curated by Neville Wakefield, Galpão Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil
Second Thoughts, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Always There, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Recent Acquisitions, Gifts, and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2008, White Columns, New York, NY
Depositions, curated by Maxwell Graham, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland
Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum, New York, NY
Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millenium, (GuytonWalker), curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Gunnar Kvaran, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic; Songzhuan Art Center, Beijing, China

An Atlas of Events, curated by António Pinto Ribeiro, Debra Singer and Esra Sarigedik Öktem, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
The History of a decade that has not yet been named, Lyon Biennial 2007, Lyon,France
Introvert, Extrovert, Makes No Difference, curated by John Armleder, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint Paul de Vence, France
NeoIntegrity, curated by Keith Mayerson, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Dump: Postmodern Sculpture in the Dissolved Field, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Painting as Fact–Fact as Fiction, organized by Bob Nickas, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland
A Fair Show: Slang and Cool Orthodoxy, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
Freelance Stenographer, a collaborative performance and video project by Kelley
Walker and Seth Price, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Op Ed World, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France
The Melvins, curated by Bob Nickas, The Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA
Compulsive, presented by Jalouse at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France ,originated at IAP Art, Miami, Florida
Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation, organized by the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art; presented at the National Museum of China, Beijing, China travelling to the Shanghai Musuem, Shanghai, China
Altered States, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Paolo Falcone, Fuori Uso 06, Pescara, Italy, travelling to WAX–ex MEO, Budapest, Hungary ; travelling to Galeria Noua and MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millenium, (GuytonWalker), curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Gunnar Kvaran, Le Musée du Serignan, Serignan; Herning Art Museum, Herning/Copenhagen; The Centre for Contemporary Art, Zanek, Ujazdowski, Warsaw
For the People of Paris, Sutton Lane–Paris, Paris, France

Planet 22, Geneva, Switzerland
Civil Restitutions, curated by Jeffrey Uslip and Simon Preston, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England
Defamation of Character, organized by Neville Wakefield, PS1 Contemporary Arts, Queens, NY
The Gold Standard, organized Bob Nickas and Walead Beshty, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY
Black/White & Chewing Gum, curated by Gerold Miller, Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Austria
Shiny: Critical Bling, curated by Helen Molesworth, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
USA Today, Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
An Ongoing Low-Grade Mystery, (GuytonWalker), curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Guyton, Price, Smith, Walker, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Deaf: From the Audible to the Visible, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France
Kit-O-Parts, La Salle de Bains (Lyon) at the Centre d’Art de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Grey Flags, curated by Anthony Huberman and Paul Pfeiffer, Sculpture Center,New York, NY travelling to CAPC Museé d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
Day For Night, Whitney Biennial 2006, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, Villa Manin Center for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Italy
Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millenium, (GuytonWalker), curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Gunnar Kvaran, Serpentine Gallery, London; Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik; The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Astrup Fearnely Museum for Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Bring the War Home, (GuytonWalker), QED Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Modern Primitives, (GuytonWalker), Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

Seriality, Part II, curated by Mark Coetzee for the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Pour de Vrai, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy, France
Suspended Narratives, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin,TX
Summer Group Show, curated by David Bussel, Galerie Karin Guenther Nina Borgmann, Hamburg, Germany
Bridge Freezes Before Road, curated by Neville Wakefield, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Post No Bills, curated by Matthew Higgs, White Columns, New York, NY
Invisible Hands and the Common Good, curated by Walead Beshty, Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
7th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates
Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Pictures Are the Problem, curated by Walead Beshty, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
Log Cabin, Artists Space, New York, NY
Situational Prosthetics, New Langton Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Last One On is a Soft Jimmy, curated by Kelley Walker, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
The Age of Optimism, curated by Fabrice Stroun, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland
La Lettre Volée, FRAC Franche-Comté, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole, Dole,France
pOp, curated by Vincent Pécoil, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern, Switzerland
Tuesday Is Gone, Club 22, Tbilisi, Georgia
Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, organized by Steve Lafreniere and Bob Nickas, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York Rimbaud, curated by Max Henry, I-20, New York, NY
public.exe: Public Execution, Exit Art, New York, NY
American Idyll, Greene Naftali, New York, NY
So Few the Opportunities, So Many the Mistakes, Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn,NY
Notes on Renewed Appropriationisms, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, The Project, Los Angeles, CA

Le Rayon Noir, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland
My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair (but Now They’re Content to Spray Stars from your Boughs), curated by Bob Nickas, Team Gallery, New York, NY
Melvins, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY

Miss Sissel Kardel, Kelley Walker, Assume Vivid Astro Focus (a.k.a. Eli Sudbrack), John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Painting as Paradox, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Artists Space, New York, NY
Julie Becker, Padraig Timoney, Kelley Walker, Greene Naftali, New York, NY
Retrofit, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Lombard Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY
Summer 2002, G Fine Art, Washington, DC.
From the Observatory, curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

Alpha Flight, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Exposition W, curated by Robert Nickas, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole, France
The Bermuda Triangle, Ten in One project space, New York, NY
Group “Spring 2001,” curated by Chivas Clem and Michele Maccarrone, The Fifth International, New York, NY
Infinite Jest, Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY

Answer Yes, No, or Don’t Know, curated by Ricci Albenda, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Columbus Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1969 Lives in: New York, USA