The Wireless Set

An Online Exhibition of Digital Prints by James Faure Walker


Felix & Spear is delighted to present the online exhibition 'The Wireless Set' an exclusive and limited edition set of 10 prints by James Faure Walker (b.1948), the distinguished painter and one of the early adopters of digital technology.

Faure Walker began developing computer graphics alongside his painting in 1988. He won the ‘Golden Plotter’ prize at Computerkunst, Gladbeck, Germany in 1998. He has eleven works in the Victoria and Albert Museum, where his work was featured in ‘Digital Pioneers’ in 2009. His book, ‘Painting the Digital River: How an Artist Learned to Love the Computer’, was published by Prentice Hall (USA) in 2006, and awarded a New England Book Show Award. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

Each print in the set is numbered, signed and limited to an edition of 10.

 

Priced at £1000 each (unframed, includes delivery to a UK address) with an automatic discount of 10% applying for purchases of 4 prints and above.

 

Please contact the gallery for further information and to purchase.

I didn’t begin with any idea at all about radios. It was during lockdown, when initially I wondered how I could manage what you might call critical distance. Normally I move each day between digital work and painting, watercolour and oil paint, but unable to get to my studio I spent almost four months working exclusively digitally. I was also writing an essay about this, ‘Speed Limits’. Next to my desk is an old GEC radio of around 1950, one collected by my late brother-in-law, acquired through boot sales. I had long wondered how I could make use of them, perhaps simply by drawing them.


I read up about them, and looked at many examples, and if nothing else here was a great source for titles, chosen more or less at random. I was attracted by the arbitrariness of the designs, the styling, such as in the thirties having a streamlined box – a wireless called ‘Airflo’. There are parallels with the lack of function in making digital paintings – or prints. Similarly, the first digital cameras I used more than thirty years ago did not look at all like cameras.

 

James Faure Walker, 2020

 

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