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AsPr Deborah Walker

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517664 +61 3 92517664



  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Science, Victorian College of the Arts, 1982
  • Master of Arts (Visual Arts), Monash University, 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2002


Member National Association for the Visual Arts

Personal website


Teaching Interests

1st Year Studio, 3rd Year Studio, Honours, P/grad
Bachelor of Creative Arts - Visual Arts major sequence

Conferences and seminars

1998 Double Dialogues Conference Paper, Deakin University 2004 Artists floor talk, Stonington Stables Museum of Art 2005 Journal article, Double Dialogues, on-line journal 2010 Double Dialogues, Conference Paper, MelbourneUniversity

Related Links

Visual Arts at Deakin


Awards and prizes

1978, Warrnambool Print Acquisition Award, Warrnambool Gallery
1980, Victorian College of Arts, Graeme Brown Prize
St.Kilda Festival Acquisition Award
Visual Arts Board Traineeship Grant
Print Council of Australia, Member Print
1981, St.Kilda Festival Acquisition Award, Highly Commended
Victorian College of the Arts, Scholarship,
National Gallery of Victoria, Mid-year Trustees Award
1985, Diamond Valley Acquisition Award
1986, Visual Arts Board, Project Grant
Visual Arts Board, New York Travel Grant
1989, Trades Hall Studio Residency, Melbourne
1991, Deakin University, Research Grant
25th Anniversary Commission, P.C.A. The Approaching fin de siecle.
1992, St.Kilda Art Gallery, Postcard Show Prize, Ist Prize.
Melbourne Theatre Company programme commission.
Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Slide Registration
1994, Post-graduate scholarship, M.A., Monash University
1995, Outside Study Grant, Deakin University
2000, Post-graduate scholarship, Deakin University
2003 Artist in Residence, Griffith University, Queensland
2004 Artist in Residence, Griffith University
2005 Artist in Residence, Bundanon, Arthur Boyd Trust, Shoalhaven


Research projects

A series of paintings reflecting the metaphysical significance of the objects that populate our lives

Research interests

The Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico's and his relationship with the Philosophical ideas of Nietzsche, particularly in connection to visual enigma and the metaphysical.
Graphic imagery, particularly intaglio and lithography.
Cinema and its reference to the painted image.

Research groups

Process of Signification - Faculty of Arts & Education Research Group

with Assc. Prof Keith Beatty, Dr. Adam Brown, Dr. Kim Tofoletti

Research page



  • 2012, Book Chapter, The Hunger Artist & The Arts, "The Uncanny at the Table", Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle on Tyne, 2012
  • 2009, Journal article, Lying Cities: Giorgio de Chirico and the Mythical City, Double Dialogues, 2009
  • 2008, Book, Giorgio de Chirico and The Real: Art, Enigma & Nietzschean Innocence, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, Germany.

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