Frank Walter

When

Thu, 29 July 2021 - Sat, 25 September 2021

Where

Ingleby - 33 Barony Street Edinburgh EH3 6NX

Further info

Cost: free

Ingleby future programme

Type: Exhibition

Frank Walter Untitled (Three black dogs) oil on biocomposite material, backed with Masonite 22 cm diameter

For the 2021 Edinburgh Art Festival Ingleby will present the first ever exhibition devoted to Frank Walter’s ‘spools’ – the small circular paintings which, in their consistency of scale and form, provide a kind of lens through which to witness the workings of Walter’s inner eye.

Walter’s work was unknown during his lifetime, but in the decade since his death he has emerged as one of the most distinctive and intriguing Caribbean voices of the last 50 years. Painted with a rare directness and immediacy, on whatever material came most readily to hand, his works describe a visionary artist – romantically and spiritually inclined in the manner of William Blake or Hilma af Klint – but rooted in the landscape of Antigua, the island of his birth.

His work was the subject of Antigua and Barbuda’s inaugural appearance at the Venice Biennale in 2017, in an exhibition titled Frank Walter: The Last Universal Man, hailed by The New York Times as“the most eye-opening”of all 85 pavilions and which led Hans-Ulrich Obrist to describe him as “a pioneer” author of “an unbelievable body of work, which has not been seen so far. He also wrote poems and worked in nearly all art disciplines. He was the Leonardo da Vinci of Antigua”.

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