Contemporary Visions Block Prints

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

In the mid-1940s, Walter Inglis Anderson carved over 300 large scale linoleum blocks reflecting the flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast, along with fairytales from around the world. Anderson is considered the first artist to create such large scale works out of linoleum, predating Pablo Picasso’s blocks by several years.

The linoleum blocks were used until 1985 when they were replaced with screen prints. Carolyn Fournier Anderson, daughter-in-law of Walter Anderson, took on the enormous task of converting the blocks into screens and ensuring that their images could be shared with the world for years to come.

This exhibition of block prints is a collaboration and conversation between Walter Inglis Anderson, Carolyn Anderson, and five regional contemporary artists. Each artist was provided a block print - printed in a soft lilac ink - and invited to decorate or alter it in their own style, echoing a decades-long tradition of artists and collectors adding color to their own Walter Anderson block prints. The resulting one-of-a-kind artworks are for sale benefitting both the artists and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

A special thanks to the Family of Walter Anderson for their support of this project.

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ARTIST: Adrienne Brown-David


Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), Ditch I.



Adrienne Brown-David

Acrylic on Block Print

August 2019

approx. 50x18"


It’s not often that I have the opportunity to be directly influenced by another artist’s work. It feels almost like a collaboration between Walter Anderson and myself. Maybe this is the vision that he and I would create together!

ARTIST: Rick Dobbs

Original in process

Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), Possum Family.


Possum Kingdom

Rick Dobbs

India Ink and Watercolor on Block Print

August 2019

approx. 80x18"


I feel absolutely privileged and honored to have been asked to collaborate on this project for Walter Anderson’s 116th birthday celebration. Growing up on the Coast – Walter has been a creative icon and idol of mine since junior high. I now have a design studio in New

Orleans called Unreal – and to this day still call upon his Seven Design Motifs for inspiration. For Possum Kingdom I India inked the entire block in black – then added a watercolor overlay.

ARTIST: Jerrod Partridge


Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), Ditch II.


Ditch Vignette with Turtle

Jerrod Partridge

Acrylic and Gold Leaf


approx. 14x18"


I was introduced to Walter Anderson in high school and was immediately struck by his exceptional use of line and pattern to represent the natural world. I carried a book of his work with me to New York for grad school because he was then, as he is now, a major inspiration to me. When I paint it is done with less emphasis on hard-edged lines, so in collaborating with Anderson’s block print I wanted to add a brushwork softness without losing the recognizable design. I isolated a section of Anderson’s block print The Ditch and added one of my favorite ditch critters, a box turtle.

ARTIST: Robin Whitfield


Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), Ditch II.


Elements of a Ditch

Mineral pigments foraged in Mississippi: red ochre (Gautier), yellow ochre (Grenada Lake), pale yellow clay (Ward Bayou), MS Delta alluvium (Yazoo River), lavender clay (Poplarville), gray clay (Starkville), charcoal (Horn Island)



Walter Anderson has become a major influence on how I define artist and adult. Walter’s work makes sure we pay attention to ditches and other unseen beauty. When I work directly with foraged mineral and plant colors I see things I didn’t notice before. I am connected; plugged into the primal nature of being human – creative play. Collaborating with Walter’s imagery using colors collected from around Mississippi feels just right!

ARTIST: Carlyle Wolfe


Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), Ditch I.


The Ditch - with Green Heron, Pine Lilies, Turtle, and Stokesia

Carlyle Wolfe

Gouache on Block Print


approx. 38x18"


My paintings and works on paper are about awareness of the natural world—becoming progressively, cyclically more present to its rhythms, gaining deeper understanding of its design, and acquiring direct experiential knowledge of its mysterious beauty. Walter Anderson’s observation and experience of the natural world was an early influence for me and has been an enduring one. I appreciate the way he immersed himself in Mississippi ecosystems and chose to emphasize unifying patterns and movements in his work.

The Museum and its programs are supported in part by the City of Ocean Springs and Jackson County. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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Artwork reproduction courtesy of the Family of Walter Anderson.