Larry Walker-Tonks was born in Hartlepool, England in 1992. He developed an interest in art at a young age and graduated from Teesside University in 2013 with a Degree in Fine Art. Shortly after, Larry moved to Manchester in order to further his artistic career and continued to show work across the UK with shows stretching from London to Glasgow. In 2015 Larry began an MA in Contemporary Fine Art at the University of Salford which he will complete in 2017.
Larry’s work has long had an affinity with ink and drawing but his current line of enquiry has seen his practice evolve and explore the realms of sculpture and installation.
Larry’s current practice explores our social media habits and our obsession with everything being instantaneous which has served to desensitise people from social taboos, resulting in an unrelenting barrage of messages with unsolicited requests to “send nudes” or to accept an invitation into a faceless stranger’s bed as the norm. Larry Walker-Tonks aims to highlight the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health.
Small World, PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2017 (Upcoming)
Engage in Colour, Mirfield Arts Hub, Mirfield, 2017 (Upcoming)
100 Years of OUI, Undisclosed Public Bathroom, 2017
Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Middlesbrough, 2017
Hand In, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2017
THE END IS BY YUR, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, 2017
Constellations, Artwork Atelier, Salford, Manchester, 2017
West Lancashire OPEN Exhibition 2016, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 2016
Create Salford Degree Show, University of Salford, Manchester, 2016
Territorial Anxiety, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 2016
Kaleidoscope, Virginia Gallery, Glasgow, 2014
Artfordable, 13 The Gallery, Islington, London, 2014
Principles of Dancefloor Construction, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, 2013
Show Us Your Art, Middlesbrough 2012
Fragments, Python Gallery, Middlesbrough 2012
Chiaroscuro, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough 2012
Armageddon Stereo – Rise Again EP, Album Cover (Reverse Side Image), 2017
Eclectically Grimm, Curated by Emma Lea, Illustrations for ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’, 2016
Murrin Road, L.B. Kitty, Book Cover, 2016
“Funny you should say that!”, Jane Bedford, Book Cover and Illustrations, 2014
The Big I Am, Issue 1, Magazine Illustration, 2013