Ingleby Gallery presents Antiguan artist Frank Walter at Art Basel Miami Beach

By ARC Magazine Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 Categories: Exhibitions, Reports, Updates
 

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Ingleby Gallery will present a solo exhibition of Frank Walter’s work for the first time in the USA. Francis Archibald Wentworth Walter, self-styled 7th Prince of the West Indies, Lord of Follies and the Ding-a-Ding Nook, was born in Antigua in 1926. His remarkable gifts were the product of a fertile but fragile mind: prodigiously talented as both a writer and artist, but flawed by delusions of aristocratic grandeur. Namely, Walter believed that the white slave owners in his ancestry linked him to the noble houses of Europe, from Charles II to Franz Joseph of Austria and the Dukes of Buccleuch.

Portrait of Frank Walter outside his Studio  colour photograph  10.1 x 14.9 cm sheet size Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Portrait of Frank Walter outside his Studio
colour photograph
10.1 x 14.9 cm sheet size
Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

His most intense period of creativity came towards the end of his life, the 25 years of which were spent without electricity or running water in an isolated shack on an Antiguan hillside. He wrote more than 25,000 closely typed pages of history, philosophy and autobiography, and made several hundred extraordinary paintings and carvings: always small in scale and always speaking with an unmistakable and visionary voice. His subject ranges from miniature landscapes to abstract explorations of nuclear energy; to portraits, both real and imagined. Painted with rare immediacy, on whatever material came to hand, they announce the discovery of one of the most intriguing and individual Caribbean artists of the last 50 years.

Frank Walter  What People Say (Clean Words Make Good Company)  oil on wood  47 x 14.8 cm      Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter
What People Say (Clean Words Make Good Company)
oil on wood
47 x 14.8 cm
Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter  Woman and Giant Bird  oil on photographic paper  25.2 x 20.2 cm page size    Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter
Woman and Giant Bird
oil on photographic paper
25.2 x 20.2 cm page size
Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter  Drowning Man  oil on photographic paper  25.2 x 20.2 cm page size    Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter
Drowning Man
oil on photographic paper
25.2 x 20.2 cm page size
Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter  Man Eaten by Shark  oil on card  20.2 x 25.3 cm page size    Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter
Man Eaten by Shark
oil on card
20.2 x 25.3 cm page size
Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter  Nelson’s Dockyard  oil on card  26.7 x 40.5 cm page size  Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

Frank Walter
Nelson’s Dockyard
oil on card
26.7 x 40.5 cm page size
Image credit: courtesy Ingleby Gallery & The Estate of Frank Walter

A reconstruction of the shack in which Frank Walter lived and worked will be built as part of the booth. This will contain Walter’s drawings, sculptures and paintings together with the bric-a-brac with which he surrounded himself.

For more information, please contact Ingleby Gallery on +44 (0) 131 556 4441 or info@inglebygallery.com.

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