A celebration of Walter Anderson as muralist
Although his art took form in many mediums,
this lush and colorful book is the first to focus on Walter Anderson's
murals. Anderson's home was in Ocean Springs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,
where he spent his lifetime recording the region's flora, fauna, life forces,
light, and history of his native Gulf Coast. He is known today as
mythmaker, local legend, mystic poet, painter, inveterate voyager, and,
most of all, brilliant artist.
Walls of Light presents for the
first time a comprehensive overview of Anderson as muralist. His
major mural projects, now housed in the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and
the adjacent Ocean Springs Community Center, reflect the artist's own arduous
journey and struggle to balance a sense of social obligation with a greater
desire to exist in a state of oneness with nature.
The WPA murals (Ocean Springs: Past
and Present), painted for the auditorium of the Ocean Springs Public
School, were government commissions. They are the work of an
emerging artist. The expansive murals in the Community Center reveal a
mature artist sharing his vision of the Gulf Coast's history and environment
with a public audience. The Shearwater Cottage murals, seen in their
entirety only after his death, manifest a private, personal epiphany in
the light of Anderson's immediate surroundings. Watercolors and block prints--individual
works that can be pieced together to create a greater whole--are also viewed
as the work of Anderson the muralist.
Walls of Light: The Murals of Walter
Anderson further expands our understanding of the life work of this
richly complex artist.
Anne R. King is a museum consultant and curator who lives in Columbus,
Georgia. John Lawrence is director of the Lamar Dodd Art Center in
La Grange, Georgia.
112 pp., 85 four-color photographs, 20 b&w illustrations