Bart Walter was born 1958 in
Baltimore, Maryland. After extensive experience working with
wood, Walter began sculpting in clay in the late 1980s. His
distinctive approach to surface, gesture and range of subject
has brought him international recognition. He is primarily
known for his loose representational style and unique approach
to the handling of surface. His works, in both bronze and
stainless steel, are highly expressive and reflect a deep
and sympathetic understanding of his subjects. With a reputation
for challenging the conventions when sculpting representational
forms, Walter's use of space and composition is unmatched.
His philosophy can be summed
up in his own words, "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."
Walter primarily sculpts his
subjects from life. He prefers to sculpt his subjects in the
wild, but also refers to captive subjects when needed. He
sketches his subject in either charcoal or pencil, rendering
different views and prominent characteristics. His hands-on
approach to each casting might be defined as classical, yet
the results are often bold and innovative. His work has won
the respect and admiration of collectors and curators, and
can be seen on exhibition throughout the United States and
American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Maryland 2000;
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Maryland 1997; A. G.
Poulain Municipal Museum, France 1996; Saginaw Museum of Art,
Michigan 1996; Franz Bader Gallery, Washington D. C. 1994;
Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania 1993.