Magazine article Southwest Art

Curt Walters

Magazine article Southwest Art

Curt Walters

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CURT WALTERS, internationally known for his acclaimed southwest landscape paintings and especially for his masterful renderings of the Grand Canyon, now brings us Niagara Falls! And St. Peter's Church in Vienna. And Jordan's famed archeological city of Petra. "I've been working on a wish list of things I've wanted to paint for a long time," the genial Arizona-based artist explains. "I've been doing western themes for a long time, and I'm very happy for that, but I've always felt like I'm bigger than a western-themed artist."

Nedra Matteucci, owner of Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe, agrees. ing June the gallery's first solo exhibition for Walters features paintings from the artist's travels to England, Europe, and America's most-visited waterfalls, as well as scenes from the Santa Fe area and, of course, the Grand Canyon. The show, entitled Works From My Wish List, kicks off with an artist's reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 22 and runs through July 13.

"When I heard that Curt was busy working on an expansive canvas of Niagara Falls, it brought to mind the tradition of American landscape painting that over the centuries has been an expression of our national identity," Matteucci notes. "I am thrilled to see his vision and talent embrace an increasingly diverse and varied landscape with this newest collection of paintings."

Walters developed a love-and an artist's eye-for the vast southwestern landscape while growing up on his father's farm in northwestern New Mexico. In fact, a large charcoal drawing in this show is based on a photo he took at age 18 of Navajo farmworkers in his father's cornfield. …

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