Stephen Walker OA (b 1927), sculptor and painter, was born in Melbourne and studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology while employed as a commercial artist. From 1948 he studied painting at the Hobart Technical College under Jack Carington Smith, then taught there. From 1954 he studied and worked with Henry Moore in Britain, and in Rome, Florence and Prague. Returning to Australia, he won a number of awards, and studied bird life with the Serventy brothers in the Furneaux Islands. He gained the Advance Australia Award for contribution to the Arts in 1983 and an Order of Australia in 1985, is represented in all major galleries in Australia, and has had well over thirty major commissions. From 1961 to the present day he has held more than yearly exhibitions and selected group exhibitions.