Bart Walter

(b. 1958)

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Sculptor Bart Walter was born in 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland.  His sculptures are the result of a long-standing interest in wildlife and art that began when Walter was a boy, spending hours wandering the marshes of the eastern shore observing and sketching wildlife.

A self-taught artist, Walter primarily sculpts his subjects from life, preferably in the wild during his extensive travels.  Each of Walter’s works reflects his serious commitment to the natural world.  Every element of a Bart Walter sculpture – whether the choice of subject or the expressive attitudes – expresses his innate understanding of animals.  Walter, known for his unique and dynamic approach to the handling of sculptural surfaces, seeks honesty above all else.

My art evolves from a passion for all living things. I strive to capture the essence of a living being; to explore some kernel of truth that may have gone unnoticed and to depict an otherwise elusive moment in time…

…In my mind's eye, I strip away all that is unnecessary, even as I build the sculpture with layer upon layer of clay. My goal is a distillation of the subject until only true essentials are left. If in so doing I can reveal some intangible spirit, make evident the soul of my subject, and communicate this in my art; then I have accomplished something real.

                                                                                                 Bart Walter

Walter, who was elected a professional member of the National Sculpture Society in 1993, is the recipient of the Owen Gromme Grant from the American Museum of Wildlife Art and the John Spring Art Founder Award.  Because of his sculpting achievement, Walter was commissioned to design the Jane Goodall awards for International Conservation and Lifetime Dedication.  He has also had solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, the National Museum Wildlife Art, the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the A. G. Poulain Museum in Vernon, France.  Public collections of Walter’s work include the Baltimore Zoo, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, the Woodson Art Museum, and the Jane Goodall Institute.  Walter’s sculptures are in numerous private collections in Paris, Tokyo, and the United States, including the collection of former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker.  Walter and his work have also been featured in the magazines Wildlife Art and Southwest Art.