With hypnotic image loops and squelching radio noise, "Beacon" is a fast meditation on microwave relay towers and urban landscape.
Painter and video artist Eric Walker was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1957. He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design between 1976 and 1983. Walker began exhibiting in 1982 with a graduation show at the Anna Leonowen's Gallery (NSCAD), Halifax, and has continued to work and exhibit primarily in the university/regional art gallery/artist run scene for over two decades. Walker has received numerous awards and grants for his artwork, including 'A' grants from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as awards from the Ontario Arts Council, the Conseil des arts et des lettres de Quebec, and the City of Ottawa. Walker's works are widely held in public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, The Ottawa Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University), Dalhousie University Art Gallery (Halifax), and the City of Ottawa. Walker has exhibited his work widely in Canada, with international representation in group shows in Poland (1987), Mexico (2001), and New York (2008), as well as solo exhibitions at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo (2002), the Ottawa Art Gallery (2005), the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2005), and the Confederation Centre for the Arts (2006). Walker lives in Ottawa.