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Curt Walters

Winter's Passage, Oil on canvas, 36" x 36"

 

 

The Grand Canyon is one of nature's most spectacular masterpieces. American impressionist Curt Walters (1950- ) has made it a lifetime occupation not just to paint this Arizona icon, but to preserve the pristine quality of this magnificent natural wonder.

As an honorary board member of the Grand Canyon Foundation, he along with other noted personalities and dignitaries have helped raise over half a million dollars to preserve this national treasure. One of these fundraising efforts, organized by Walters, was a river trip through the Grand Canyon with a group of artists in 2000. The artwork inspired by this trip raised $200,000 during two shows sponsored by "Forbes Magazine" in New York City and San Francisco.

While the dynamic landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona have long dictated his preferred choice of subject matter, Curt has also spent nearly 30 years capturing his impressions of the world's landscapes; from Monet's gardens at Giverny, to the magnificence of Florentine architecture and the exotic temple gardens of Bali.

Curt Walters holds the rare distinction of having his paintings win Buyers Choice awards in three of western art's most prestigious shows, all awarded within a nine month period; the Prix De West show in Oklahoma City, the Artists of America show in Denver and the Gene Autry Museum's "Masters of the American West" show in Los Angeles. In June 2002, he again won the Prix De West Buyer's Choice Award.

Curt's paintings are in prominent public collections including the Malcolm Forbes Collection and the Maytag Foundation. Other notable collectors include Merv Griffin, Mikail Baryshnikov, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the late Robert Urich. His Grand Canyon National Park commemorative work "National Treasure" has been recently reproduced.

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