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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Frank Walter

(1926 - 2009), Antigua and Barbuda

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. He was prodigiously talented as both a writer and artist, but his undeniable genius was flawed by delusions of aristocratic grandeur, namely a belief 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. As a young man, aged just 22 in 1948, Walter tasted success as the first man of colour to manage an Antiguan sugar plantation, but although hugely revered on the island for his intellect and achievements he left it all behind to tour Europe in pursuit of new skills and his own increasingly convoluted genealogical meanderings. A visit to Scotland in the early 1950s marked the beginnings of a life-long affection for a country to which he repeatedly returned in his imagination and in his paintings.

Walter's remarkable gifts were the product of a fertile, but fragile, mind and having returned to the Caribbean he spent the last twenty five years of his life in an isolated shack on an Antiguan hillside, surrounded by his writings, some 25,000 closely-typed pages of history, philosophy and autobiography, and by the extraordinary paintings and carvings that speak with such an unmistakable and visionary voice. These paintings range in subject from miniature landscapes, many of them Scottish; to abstract explorations of nuclear energy; to portraits, both real and imagined, including Hitler playing cricket and Charles and Diana as Adam and Eve. Painted with a rare immediacy, on whatever material came to hand, they announce the discovery of one of the most intriguing and distinctive Caribbean artists of the last 50 years.

Walter's work was exhibited alongside paintings by Alfred Wallis and Forrest Bess in the exhibition Songs of Innocence and Experience at Ingleby Gallery in Spring 2013. A solo exhibition of his work was presented by The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin in Summer 2013 and later that year, Ingleby Gallery presented a solo display of Walter's paintings and his hillside shack at Art Basel Miami Beach. A major solo exhibition followed at Ingleby Gallery in spring 2015. In 2017, Frank Walter represented Antigua and Barbuda at the Venice Bienniale, in a show called Frank Walter: The Last Universal Man 1926-2009. A solo presentation of Walter's work also took place at Harewood House, Leeds, UK in the summer of 2017.

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Featured Artworks

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Trees with Strange Rocks by Frank Walter contemporary artwork
Frank WalterTrees with Strange Rocks Oil on card
19 x 10 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Five Trees with Hurricane Sky by Frank Walter contemporary artwork
Frank WalterFive Trees with Hurricane Sky, c. 1980 Oil on paper
26.2 x 10.3 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Mountains over the Bay by Frank Walter contemporary artwork
Frank WalterMountains over the Bay Oil on card
35.5 x 23 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Dark Tree with Red Leaves by Frank Walter contemporary artwork
Frank WalterDark Tree with Red Leaves Oil on card
23 x 19.5 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Through Three Trees by Frank Walter contemporary artwork
Frank WalterThrough Three Trees Oil on photographic paper
20.2 x 25.2 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Girl in Red Dress by Frank Walter contemporary artwork
Frank WalterGirl in Red Dress Oil on card
12.8 x 9.8 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Tropical Plant by Frank Walter contemporary artwork
Frank WalterTropical Plant Oil on card
30 x 40.5 cm
Ingleby Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Jacob's Ladder at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
26 July–20 October 2018 Group Exhibition Jacob's Ladder Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

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Around the 2018 Edinburgh Art Festival Related Press Around the 2018 Edinburgh Art Festival Frieze : 2 August 2018

Edinburgh is a city whose historic architecture has long played host every August – more or less willingly – to a plethora of different festivities: the flagship Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, but also the Book Festival, and even the Book Fringe (a collaboration between indie bookstores Lighthouse and the Golden Hare).

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Reviews / Frank Walter Related Press Reviews / Frank Walter Frieze : 28 May 2015

Muffled platform announcements from Edinburgh's Waverley Station – over the road from Ingleby Gallery – were an appropriate backdrop to the exhibition of paintings by Antiguan artist Frank Walter.

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