1969-70 Newcastle College of Art and Design (Northumbria)
1970-73 Canterbury College of Art and Design (Kent)
Since then Ian Walton has exhibited nationally and internationally and has lectured here and abroad. He has collaborated on many occasions with Russell Mills on installations involving sound, light and sculpture.
His works are land based and explore, in an intuitive and personal way, the relationship between nature and man. Through the sheer physicality of the surfaces, combined with the infinite combinations of substances and processes, traces can be found of the visual evidence of human presence in the land. Aesthetic choices are often governed by intuitive and instinctive responses to past histories, with autobiographical references which reflect the emotion and feeling of being amidst and part of nature, memories of time passing and the evocation of place.