My childhood was spent on a dairy farm in rural Victoria where I was surrounded with forest and all its wild creatures. I have never lost my desire to commune with nature in both a physical and spiritual way and this drives the way I paint.
Although trained in modern art schools with an avant garde approach to art I usually work in a more traditional western style of painting as I can better express myself.
An art critic once reviewed a London exhibition and wrote:
“Walter Magilton’s landscapes fill the gallery with space, light and air. The farmlands and the countryside…whilst losing nothing of their Australian ruggedness is revealed with sensitive nuances one associates with the best in English landscape painting.”
After a rural upbringing Walter trained as an art and craft teacher with specialist studies in sculpture and jewelry making.
His whole life has been dedicated to his art and to teaching art – particularly painting and drawing.
He is a fellow of the Victorian Artists Society and a Life Member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and has a Diploma of Fine Art (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).
He has held many solo and group exhibitions in various Australian capitol cities as well as five in London, has won many awards for his work including “Best of Show”.
He is often asked to judge art shows, act as an art critic and demonstrate to art societies.
He is a versatile artist, works in a wide variety of subjects – portraits, landscapes, still life and in a wide variety of media including oil, watercolor, gouache, pastel and print making.
Walter and Denise have worked on a number of ‘Public Art Projects’.