Artist Bio

Larry Walker-Tonks was born in Hartlepool, England. He developed an interest in art at a young age and graduated from Teesside University in 2013 with a Degree in Fine Art. Shortly after, Larry moved to Manchester in order to further his artistic career and continued to show work across the UK and internationally. In 2015 Larry began an MA in Contemporary Fine Art at the University of Salford which he completed in 2017. 

In 2017 Larry worked as a Design Assistant for immersive performance/installation 'Party Skills for the End of the World, part of Manchester International Festival 2017.

Larry has recently completed an artist residency at the Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva, Switzerland.


Larry's current practice explores issues surrounding dating apps like Grindr and Tinder and how, through a highly sexualised western culture, the sleaze is seeping through to our everyday lives and crossing boundaries it should not. Larry looks at how we present ourselves online, be it fabricating our day to day existence to impress our "friends" or hiding behind a blank profile looking for love. He raises awareness of the pressures put upon people to have unsafe sex and the idea of the unsolicited “dick pic” inviting the viewer to question why it is an accepted part of today's culture. This manifests itself under the umbrella of  ‘GRUNDER’, a series of tongue-in-cheek installations, grotesque sculptures and satirising large scale prints. Larry Walker-Tonks aims to highlight the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health.

Solo Exhibitions

GRUNDER : Version 1.4, Townhouse, Tranmere, 2017 


GRUNDER : Version 1.2, LGBT Foundation, Manchester, 2017 

GRUNDER : Version 1.0, AATMA, Manchester, 2017 

Group Exhibitions

Lockdown & Unity, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, 2021

'lump it', Online Exhibition During Covid-19 Lockdown, 2021

2020 Coantivirus International, Online Exhibition & Book During Covid-19 Lockdown, 2020

Queer in Exile, Online Exhibition & Book During Covid-19 Lockdown, 2020

Psychasthenia, Online Exhibition & Book During Covid-19 Lockdown, 2020

Apocqueerlypse, Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, Shoreditch, London, 2019

Beyond Graduation, Saabat Gallery, South Bank, Middlesbrough, 2019

GM Arts Prize Exhibition, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton, 2019

S.E.L.F, Gibberish Brewpub, Liverpool, 2019

Beyond Graduation, Crown Street Gallery, Darlington, 2019

Beyond Graduation, The Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet, Middlesbrough, 2019

On The Back Of An Old Envelope, Palace Arts, Redcar, 2019

Sahelanthropus v.01, Rede House, Middlesbrough, 2018

A Place for Friends, hARTslane, London, 2018


Small Steps Events: LGBTQ+ Celebration, Make, North Docks, Liverpool, 2018

Dovetail Joints + Imagination Engine @ Disgraceland, Disgraceland, Middlesbrough, 2018 

Brighton Pride: Colour My World, Socially Engaged Art Salon, BMECP Centre, Brighton, 2018 

Just Experimenting: Playing the Sexual Edge of Film, Centre for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, California, 2018 

Fe/Male, AIR Gallery, Altrincham, 2018 

Diptych,Triptych, Polyptych, PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2018

Anti Blues Post Residence, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017

Fountain, fountain (Included in 100 Years of OUI Pt.2), Bury Art Museum, 2017


"Bish, Bash, Bosh", WE THE NORTH, Liverpool, 2017 

Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 2017 

Small World, PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2017 

Engage in Colour, Mirfield Arts Hub, Mirfield, 2017 

100 Years of OUI, Kimberly Clark Gallery, Undisclosed Public Bathroom, 2017 

Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Middlesbrough, 2017 

Hand In, 36 Lime Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2017

THE END IS BY YUR, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, 2017

Constellations, Artwork Atelier, Salford, Manchester, 2017

West Lancashire OPEN Exhibition 2016, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 2016

Create Salford Degree Show, University of Salford, Manchester, 2016

Territorial Anxiety, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 2016

Kaleidoscope, Virginia Gallery, Glasgow, 2014

Artfordable, 13 The Gallery, Islington, London, 2014

Principles of Dancefloor Construction, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, 2013

Show Us Your Art, Middlesbrough 2012

Fragments, Python Gallery, Middlesbrough 2012

Chiaroscuro, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough 2012




 Artist in Residence, Digital Artist Residency, 2018 

Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017





Picasso Baby Digital Issue 003, 2021


"GRUNDER: Are You Attracted To Me?", Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Volume 13, Number 1, January 2020

Epoque Press 'Departures' eZine, 2019


Average Art Magazine, May 2018 Issue, 2018

Grey Area Zine, DOMINANCE, 2018

Wotisart? Magazine, March 2018 Issue, 2018

Average Art Magazine, December 2017 Issue, 2017

Armageddon Stereo - Rise Again EP, Album Cover (Reverse Side Image), 2017

Eclectically Grimm, Curated by Emma Lea, Illustrations for 'The Fisherman and His Wife', 2016

Murrin Road, L.B. Kitty, Book Cover, 2016

"Funny you should say that!", Jane Bedford, Book Cover and Illustrations, 2014

The Big I Am, Issue 1, Magazine Illustration, 2013