Curt Walters Returns to Prix de West for the 18th Year

images_ncmlogoArizona based artist Curt Walters will be returning to Oklahoma City in June for the 18th year.

This year, Curt will have four new works to share with Prix de West. Two feature Grand Canyon, one drawing and one very unique work, depicting Curt’s studio life.

The breathtaking “Amphitheater of the Gods“, a 48” x 48” oil on canvas is priced at $92,000.00. This painting depicts the Grand Canyon, after a monsoon shower. The sage covered talus slopes and the red wall have all darkened. The clouds left and the sun has suddenly struck the amphitheater of the Tower of Set and the nearby temples named for Egyptian and Hindu Gods. The normally dry side canyons are all flooded with water, and the rushing Colorado River is living up to its named meaning, as it red.

Sinuous Brume” is a 28” x 22” oil on canvas priced at $25,000.00. This painting captures Grand Canyon in mid-winter mood as a heavy storm creeps over the rim in the distance and the day long fog starts to dissipate. A last moment of light is barely visible on a few of the Temples.

A new addition to Curt’s media mastery is shown in his Conte drawing “Ordering Descent, 1540: Lopez de Cardenas.” Since childhood, Curt has been fascinated with the 1540 Coronado Expedition into the Southwest US. This year his work reflects his love for the subject. After many trips to Spain to paint on location and many hours of historical research has resulted in the 40” x 30” drawing which is priced at $22,000.00.

Don Garcia Lopez de Cardenas was a captain of Vazquez Coronado’s entrada into the American Southwest in 1540. With the help of Hopi guides, Lopez de Cardenas was the first European to discover Grand Canyon. He ordered three of his most agile men to try to reach the river below. The event was cut short by the lack of water.

The fourth of Curt’s entries exhibiting in Oklahoma is “My Studio: The Entrada“. The painting features a view of Curt’s studio after returning home from his last trip to Spain. The treasures collected during this trip, and just unpacked in the studio, so appropriately captured in the painting were used for the creation of “Ordering Decent, 1540: Lopez de Cardenas.” This unique view of Curt’s life is measured at 24” x 24” is priced at $18,000.00.

Every year the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts this incredible exhibit of over 300 Western paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the nation’s leading artists.

The Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition Sale and Seminars are June 12-13, 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK. Weekend events include the Preview and Reception on June 12th at 6pm, the Exhibition Sale Preview at 5:30pm on the 13th, followed by the Drawing for Sale and the Awards Banquet directly after at 7:30pm. The official weekend schedule can be found on the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum website.

Previously, at Prix de West, Walters has been honored with the Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers’ Choice Award in 1998, 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2013; and the Frederick Remington Award back to back in 2004 and 2005, and then again in 2013. He was honored with a double win in 2007 for the Buyers’ Choice Award for “Ra’s Domain” and the Prix de West Purchase Award for “Spring’s Caprice,” the only time in the history of the show that an artist has won two awards for different paintings in the same show.

Curt was featured in Western Art Collector in September 2009 for his retrospective show “Moments and Monuments” at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He was also honored with a show in 2012 as a Rendezvous artist at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2011, Southwest Art named him one of the “Forty Prominent people in the Western Art World.” Art of the West magazine was the first to herald him as the “Greatest Living Grand Canyon Artist” in 1997, and as one of “Eight True Masters” in 2007.  Curt was also honored in 2008 with the Trustees’ Purchase Award for his large Grand Canyon painting “Splendid Turmoil” at the Autry Museum, Los Angeles, California.