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Xan Blood Walker

Artist: Xan Blood Walker

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Work: I was very creative from a young age starting in 3rd grade when I painted a beautiful fish, everyone told me so… In high school I discovered darkroom photography and fell in love. Years later after trying my hand at various art styles, going on an extended vision quest through the streets and drugs of Seattle, S.F., and L.A., and acquiring two art degrees, I finally created my life work, my son. I returned to photography, in digital form this time. I still love it, and love relearning it, and I hope you enjoy my eye.

About: Xan Blood Walker was born in Seattle, WA. She learned print photography in high school, and went on to obtain two BFA’s, one in printmaking and another in painting from the Uni of WA. Many years later when pursuing graduate studies in counseling she obtained a Masters certificate in Art Therapy. Prior to her higher education she attended the school of hard knocks in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as an 80’s street punk at the height of the punk rock scene. With over 20 years in recovery she finds a way to blend her varied experiences into a unique and personal style. Currently she is branching out into two new areas: documenting the living breathing urban landscape through photojournalism; and incorporating mixed media into her photography. Her book Abandoned East Bay San Francisco: Where Graffiti Is King is available on Amazon, through Barnes&Noble, as well as direct from Xan.

Xan has exhibited her work primarily in group shows in Seattle, San Francisco, Emeryville, Alameda, Oakland, and New York. She was awarded a Links Scholarship for her woodblock print depictions of her emotional experiences around rape. She contributed as an intern artist for the mural project on the Women’s Building in San Francisco, CA., in 1994. Studio Notes wrote an article about Xan in December of 1995, and she was honored to have a photo of hers used as the cover for the book ‘Representations of the Cuban and Philippine Insurrections on the Spanish Stage 1887-1898″ published in 2001.



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