The title “King of the Canyon” has been used to define Curt Walters’s lifelong obsession with his favorite subject, the Grand Canyon (Art of the West, Mar/Apr 2017). Previously, Walters was included as one of “Forty Prominent People in the Western Art World” (Southwest Art, 2011). And Art of the West magazine was the first to herald him as the “Greatest Living Grand Canyon Artist” in 1997 and one of “Eight True Masters” in 2007.
One of Walters’s proudest moments was in 2008 when he won the James R. Parks Trustee’s Purchase Award at the Autry’s Masters of the American West for Splendid Turmoil. This painting was one of the featured works at the 2016 one-man retrospective at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Walters also received the Patrons’ Choice Award at the 1999 Masters. In 2017 he won the Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award for his Grand Canyon painting Compilation of the Gods at the Prix de West. With this win, Walters has won the Buyers’ Choice six times, more than any other artist in the history of the show. He won the Prix de West’s Frederic Remington Painting Award in 2004, 2005, and 2013, and the Prix de West Purchase Award in 2007 for Spring’s Caprice. He received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Some recent important events have helped to define Walters’s current interests. Most recently, he was a featured speaker at the Tacoma Art Museum in April 2018. Walters’s drawings of Spanish conquistadors and paintings of the Grand Canyon were featured in the Eiteljorg Museum’s comprehensive exhibition, The Grand Canyon, during the summer of 2016. Walters also gave a lecture there focused on his Grand Canyon paintings and his lifelong work on the subject. Walters was also one of the instructors and speakers for the Plein Air Convention and Expo in Tucson in 2016. In 2016, his third one-man retrospective, featuring 35 paintings and drawings spanning the previous 35 years of his career, was held at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Curt Walters is represented by J Watson Fine Art, Valencia, California; Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming.
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