In a letter addressing his linoleum prints, Walter Anderson writes that his work is a reaction against the atom bomb. According to Anderson, stories and art have offered humanity a way of creating – not destroying – life. Walter Anderson carved his linoleum blocks during the 1940’s while he was living at Oldfields, his wife’s family home in Gautier, Mississippi. He transformed the attic of the house into his studio, carving his fantastical images into battleship linoleum in sweeping lines and bold forms. His large scale linoleum block carvings directly correspond to the period when Allied forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan to effectively end World War II. These traumatic world events and Anderson’s artwork were intimately linked for the artist – creation and inspiration versus destruction and annihilation.
On display at WAMA from September 17, 2017 through January 29, 2018
Opening Reception: September 28th from 6-8pm
Throughout his life Walter Anderson featured people as subjects for his art. Although he is mostly known for his watercolors of nature, this exhibition showcases examples of the artist's depictions of his fellow humans. These works demonstrate the complex, and often opposing relationship that Anderson felt between his desire for communion with nature and interaction with people. This exhibition features works from WAMA's permanent collection and from select private collections.
The Little Room served as Walter Anderson's sanctuary on the mainland during the latter years of his life. When he could, Anderson would spend his time on Horn Island, but he still had obligations on the mainland. To mentally transport himself to Horn Island, Walter Anderson painted the Little Room to portray a day on the island. He never allowed anyone but himself, some cats, and the occasional possum to enter the room. After his death in 1965, Walter's wife opened the door to the Little Room and found this spectacular mural. Covering the floor were thousands of paintings and drawings, some of which he had attempted to destroy in the fireplace and some he had carefully selected and stored in a chest in the corner. When you enter the little room, appreciate the genius of the artist and one man's journey to find peace with the world around him.
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Of all the creatures that inhabit the earth, none have inspired artistic contemplation as much as the cat. Walter Anderson found wild and domesticated cats to be able and willing subjects for his artwork. He painted, sculpted, drew, and carved the image of cats throughout his life. This exhibition is dedicated to Walter’s love of cats and their constant, often humorous, presence in his artwork.
This exhibition will be on display from February 9 - July 15, 2018.
The opening reception for this exhibition will be held on February 22 from 6-8pm. Please see our events calendar for more information!
Shearwater Pottery opened to the public for the first time in 1928. Since its beginnings it has supported the livelihood of three generations of Andersons and become renowned for its gorgeous glazes and dynamic forms. This exhibition celebrates the ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance of Shearwater Pottery as a catalyst for the arts on the Gulf Coast.
This exhibition will be on display from August 1 - January 30, 2019
Charlie Busler is a Mississippi Artist working in oils to create fantastical landscapes composed of color. Busler’s compositions are formed by an intensive meditation on nature and depict the light, shadow, and unique lines that are often overlooked. Busler has drawn inspiration from the work of Walter Anderson throughout his career and has created a body of work specifically for this exhibition at WAMA.
September 2 - December 29, 2018