Prix de West, 2009

Master Painter Curt Walters Returns to the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition

Regarded as Western Art’s biggest show, this event takes place at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

This will be Walters’ 12th year with the show. The artist was honored with the most coveted medal in the genre, the Prix de West Award in 2007 for “Spring’s Caprice,” one of his signature Grand Canyon pieces. In 2004 and 2005, Walters’ made Prix de West history with an unprecedented back-to-back win of the Frederic Remington Award, and he has received three Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers’ Choice Awards since 1998.

The 30” x 60” oil on canvas “Winter Winds of February,” a breathtaking, panoramic view of Walters’ favorite subject, will be the centerpiece of his four contributions. “Monsoon Drama,” 48” x 48”, captures a brief thunderstorm over the Sedona red rocks. Two smaller works from the Canadian Rockies complete his presentation, “Opabin Plateu” (10” x 12”) and “Victoria Falls” (12” x 10”).

On August 19, the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, will host a special 90 day, one man show to honor Walters as the Artist of Distinction at the 2008 Quest for the West. More than 50 paintings spanning two decades will be gathered into the Paul wing from museums and personal and private collections from the Indianapolis area and across the country for “Monuments & Moments: The Plein Air and Studio Paintings of Curt Walters.” This once in a lifetime opportunity will be guest curated by James Nottage, Chief Curator of the Eiteljorg.

Artwork by Curt WaltersWalters is a regular at the top three Western Art shows, Prix de West, Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, and Quest for the West, and he also shows at the exclusive Salmagundi Club in New York.  He has been the recipient of more than a dozen major awards since 1998, including the 2008 Trustees’ Purchase Award from Masters, and a half-dozen Buyers/Patrons’ Choice Awards.