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David Walter Blue Bar

In the lead up to the launch of Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong we're keen for everyone to get to know the all star team of creatives we have working to bring this story to life.  Meet David Walters the intellect behind our Lighting Design.

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Professionally, what’s your goal?
To be fluent in the language of light. 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Allow curiosity to teach one how to ask the right questions.
What’s your favourite art work?
Not a specific art work but favourite artists would be Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet and Frida Kahlo.
What themes do you pursue?
As complete an understanding of life, art, science and the universe as my time on earth allows.
How has your practice changed over time?
A belief in my ability to judge my own work has freed me of a need to seek peer approval. A growing joy in assisting others to learn.
Why do you do what you do?
To find a way to codify the linguistics of light as beautifully as poetry and as precisely as the language of maths.


For the past 40 years David Walters has worked as a professional Lighting Designer in Iceland and Australia. His work experience spans lighting designs for opera, theatre, ballet, dance, puppetry, circus, exhibitions, major events and architectural installations. From 1978 to 1986 David worked as a freelance lighting designer in Iceland where he is recognised as one of the pioneers in this field. In 1986 David returned to Australia to take up a position as Resident Lighting Designer with the Queensland Theatre Company. Since 1990, as a freelance designer, he has worked extensively throughout Australia and designed for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Handspan, Playbox, La Boite, Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus, Nimrod, Company B, Expressions, Queensland Ballet, Australian Ballet, Opera Queensland, The Powerhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Zen Zen Zo, Topology and Bell Shakespeare Company. His work has toured extensively both in Australia and overseas. He has lectured in lighting design at several universities and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology. Throughout his professional career David has maintained close ties with Iceland where he has worked for the National Theatre, the National Opera and the Reykjavik City Theatre


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