Walter Anderson was one of the first true Modern artists from the South. Born in 1903, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in 1924 but skipped classes and chose instead to paint animals from the Philadelphia Zoo. Incorporating a love for Cave paintings, Grecian art, tribal and aboriginal art, Anderson went back to his native Mississippi and began creating rich and vibrant work in his own vernacular. A man ahead of his time, his rich, colorful Modern paintings speak to the order and rhythm of the Universe and nature and our place within it. Anderson lived primarily in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. Beginning in 1930, Anderson would captain a small skiff and row 16-miles out to Horn Island and would spend weeks at a time communing with nature and painting vivid watercolors on typewriting paper of everything he saw and experienced there. These rich and vibrant watercolors are highly sought after by collectors of Southern art.
Anderson’s watercolors, paintings and sculpture can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington, D.C. the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans and other important museum and private collections across the United States.