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Quest for the West artist Curt Walters

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 2015

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Curt Walters.
Walters 2015

Curt Walters
Born 1950, in Las Cruces, New Mexico; lives in Sedona, Arizona
Walters_Januarius

Januarius
2015, oil, 24 x 24 inches
In January I was painting near Powell Point. As evening approached, a fog remained on the North Rim just above the Coconino Sandstone formation.  A waxing gibbous moon, just less than full, was ascending in the east as the sun was descending in the west. Cheops Pyramid and Buddha Temple are bathed in sun above the shadows of the inner Canyon.

THE GRAND CANYON is among Curt Walters’ favorite subjects. Its allure inspired him to move to Sedona, Arizona, in 1979, to be closer to it and other southwestern subjects. Considered by many to be the greatest living Grand Canyon artist, he also works actively with the Grand Canyon non-profits to preserve the Canyon by raising funds and awareness of the steadily degrading state of its environment.

Growing up in a farming community in northern New Mexico, was the foundation for Walters’ love of grand landscapes.  In 1972, Walters began to exhibit in Taos, New Mexico, and lived there before moving to Sedona. Walters continues to devote himself to portraying the western landscape in paintings infused with his great reverence for its massive and complex beauty.  He also travels and paints the world and considers himself an American artist, not just a western artist.

Notable awards and achievements:
2011    The Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Kieckhefer Best of Show Award
2011    The Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Best Oil Painting
2011    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Nora Jean Hulsey’s Buyers’ Choice Award
2011    Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous of Art show, Featured Artist
2010    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
2008    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Trustees’ Purchase Award
2007    Art of the West 20th anniversary issue (November/December 2007) proclaimed Walters among “Eight True Masters”
2007    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Work of Distinction and Patrons’ Choice Award
2007    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Purchase Award and Buyers’ Choice Award
2006    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Overall Presentation
2005    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Frederic Remington Award (also 2004)

Gallery representation:
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
www.curtwalters.com

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