“For more than 30 years, he was regarded as the town eccentric; today, he’s celebrated as the favorite son of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.”
We wrote yesterday about our introduction to Walter Inglis Anderson through his works on display at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs. We begin with three photos of works not featured yesterday.
In the two examples below, Walter teamed with his brother, a potter, to produce these ceramic works.
I have included this watercolor just because I like the color and the composition.
Today we consider the intensity of this artist.
“He cared nothing for fame or recognition; although he produced thousands of pieces of art, his efforts were purely in service to his spiritual and aesthetic quest.
"On many occasions he set out from Mississippi on cross country bicycle trips––to West Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York––painting watercolors and writing along the way.
“Anderson’s art reflects not just a love of nature, but an almost total immersion in it. One place in particular was his muse, a windswept barrier island called Horn. Over the course of nearly two decades, Anderson made countless trips to Horn Island, laboriously rowing 14 miles across open water in a small wooden boat loaded down with his art supplies.
"Of all the works discovered after his death, the most surprising was found inside a locked room in the cottage where he had lived alone for 18 years. When his wife broke open the padlock on the room--a room she had never been in before--she discovered that every square inch of the room was covered with murals-–a kind of Sistine Chapel of Mississippi, one might say.