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Press Release - Frank Walter at Art Basel Miami Beach (5-8 December 2013)
Frank Walter
Frank Walter

Frank Walter Solo Presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach Ingleby Gallery | Booth L01 5 - 8 December 2013

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. imageHis 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.

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.

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Detail from photographic portrait of Frank Walter. Photograph by Sean Donnola.
- Frank Walter, Woman and Giant Bird, oil on photographic paper, 25.2 x 20.2 cm - Frank Walter, Drowning Man, oil on photographic paper, 25.2 x 20 cm - Frank Walter, What People Say (Clean Words Make Good Company), oil on wood, 14.8 x 47 cm - Frank Walter, Man Eaten by Shark, oil on card, 20.2 x 25.3 cm
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