Walter Price, Fell into the Sun 1 2020
Artists, Weavers + Tufters
American artist Walter Price (b.1989) is known for his dreamlike compositions that blur the line between abstraction and figuration. Represented by Glasgow-based gallery The Modern Institute, Dovecot weavers were approached to create a tapestry inspired by one of Price’s paintings, Fell into the Sun 1 2019.
Born and raised in Georgia, Price is known for often working on an intimate scale, creating scenes saturated with personal memories, cultural ciphers, and questions of identity as well as the social.
Fell into the Sun 1 exemplifies Price’s interest in colour and its infinite possibilities. With a nearly citrus palette of oranges and yellows that overlay soft pinks and blues, the forms of the painting including a sofa – a frequently recurring motif – and horizon come together to create a hazy composition.
Colour is also central to the practice of weaving, and in approaching the creation of this tapestry, Dovecot Master Weaver Naomi Robertson and Weaver Emma Jo Webster blended colours to masterfully depict layers of paint as woven colour. The finished work emphasises the skill of Dovecot weavers in reimagining a painting as a contemporary tapestry, while expanding Price’s artistic language.