Bret Walker hails from a diverse sporting background with competing at professional level in surfing and snowboarding and also very involved in the disciplines of skating and motocross. A spine injury requiring surgery switched his career path to another of his passions art.
Still surfing, traveling and occasionally competing in events such as the Quiksilver Airshow Series and alternative events like the Annual 1970's singlefin specialty event held at his home beach, his lifestyle fitting in with the oceans moods.
An interesting artistic study path was undertaken by Bret and juggled between traveling and competing. Independent studies were completed in Art and Photography then private college for Graphic Design, Web and Animation in Sydney where he won awards for best overall design in print and also a 2nd place in the Design Graphics Magazine annual cover competition and he also won the Cannonball Underwater Illustration competition with a self portrait. With fine art Bret was fortunate enough to be living at a secluded beach on the beautiful NSW south coast of Australia where many artists reside, there he got to hone his skills with a couple of established artists with their studios within walking distance.
Choosing not to specialise and to constantly explore new art styles and techniques Bret has also developed his own blend of sculpture and aerosol on canvas. Currently favoring oil on canvas his next show will be the underwater perspective of the breaking wave.
Bret recently showed his art as part of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach 'Whitewash Surfer's that Art' which was the official opening to the event. He created some of the paintings for this show live to the public in an Ocean Gallery. Bret is currently working on artwork for a Benefit Artshow by Electric team/surfers artists for pro surfer Richie Lovett.
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