Robert Lindsey Walker was a cab-driving scavenger who found his goldmine in the streets of historic Savannah, the town where he spent his entire life. When he died seven years ago, a lifetime of collected pens and markers, papers, letters, folders and calendars were discovered in his home, along with a stack of unique architectural drawings. Some of his inventive illustrations are on view this month at the Barbara Archer Gallery.
Walker's best drawings show simultaneous detailed perspectives — aerial and side views, exterior and interior settings appear in the same image. Archer says the late Georgia native was a shy artist, known only as a doodler. No one saw him sketching the houses where he worked as a gardener and in neighborhoods where he picked up and delivered "widow ladies" in his cab. Definitely not drawn to scale, the flattened houses never reveal their inhabitants. There's a bit of self portrait in at least one of his renderings, though. A whimsical stretch of a car is parked importantly in front of a mansion he drew with colorful markers. And there's daydreaming, too. His ocean liner and "Moon Over Greyhound" drawings reveal romantic notions about trips that Walker never took.
Robert Lindsey Walker continues through June 30 at Barbara Archer Gallery, 1123 Zonolite Road. Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment. 404-815-1545. www.barbaraarcher.com??