With all that’s been going on, I have not had the chance to properly acknowledge the passing of one of our [my husband and my] favorite Artists:  Canadian-born Steve Walker, who died at the age of 50 on January 4, 2012.

Steve Walker is best known for his depiction of tender and, sometimes, painful, moments in the lives of gay men and couples and their friends. His work ranged from fun to intimate and only barely skirted the subtly erotic at times. I am no prude and enjoy erotic male imagery, but it was wonderful to find an artist who could depict, clearly, gay men in a variety of domestic and intimate, albeit non-sexual, moments that we were able to display in our home in mixed company, offering all our visitors a reminder that our lives are not entirely about sex, but also about love, companionship, support, pain, loneliness and quiet, tender moments.

Although the first piece of art we ever purchased, as a couple, for our shared home, was not one of Steve Walker’s, his was the second and that began an on-going love affair with his work.  We have purchased a total of four pieces, all from Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, MA and, with the recent purchase of our home we had hoped to buy a few more. We are grateful to have a sampling of his work hanging in our home and, with the luxury and accessibility of the world wide web, we are able to view all of his imagery, if only on line.

I am sad that he has passed at such a young age and will no longer be here to produce more of his beautiful work. I had hoped I might meet him some day at one of his appearances in Provincetown, but that, alas will never be.

If you have a moment, click here to see some of his work and here to learn more about him. Even if you personally don’t find his work appealing, if you have followed me for any length of time here at Idle Eyes or know me at all from other venues, you will understand why his work meant so much to me and holds a special place in my heart.

Farewell, Steve. Thank you for sharing your talents with us, and giving the world a glimpse into the lives of gay men in our most touching moments. I am proud to have your work in my home, and I am inspired by you as an artist, a gay man and a romantic. Yours will certainly be tough shoes to fill…

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2 Responses to Walker-less

  1. Will J says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    So sad. His sense of color, light and a place at a moment remind me of Hopper and Wyeth and extending that exploration, not in a derivative sense, but into another view of the world.

  2. I was introduced to Steve Walker when I visited you and Jeffrey at your home, shortly after we met. I love his work! Although Wayne and I do not possess the young bodies in the paintings, they depict many of the moments we have shared, as you say, the “love, companionship, support, pain, loneliness and quiet, tender moments.” Thank you for this wonderful tribute! Love you!

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