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Walker Antonio debuts larger than life exhibit

by AnnGardner Eubank

Artist Walker Antonio stands with his favorite piece thus far, “My Toxic Religion,” which took over 25 hours to complete.

Throughout the disruptive and chaotic year that was 2020, Walker Antonio, 20, of Kilmarnock found peace through his passion.

Antonio made his showcase debut Saturday, January 9, in White Stone. The show features over 20 paintings, many of which catalog—and are inspired by—his personal experience of the disruptions and stress of the past year.

“I started taking painting very seriously about two years ago during my senior year at Woodberry, and especially during 2020, which was a godawful year, and it kind of acts as a therapy for me,” said Antonio.

“It’s very relaxing to turn on some music, switch off my mind, sit down and be by myself without noise and riots. It’s nice to have a quiet space and have something where I can control and not be influenced by the outside world,” he said.

Antonio’s piece “Outrage” uses mixed media to highlight the protests and injustices that took over news headlines throughout…

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