Jean Walters Collection
July 7th - August 18th, 2023
K Space Contemporary is pleased to present an exclusive exhibition of the “Jean Walters Art Collection.” The exhibition opens with a reception during ArtWalk, July 7th, 5:30 to 9 pm and continues through August 18th. The public is invited to attend. Works of art will be for sale. This extraordinary exhibition is a must-see for serious art collectors!
Over a period spanning seven decades, Jean Walters developed a keen eye for fine art and craft and amassed an eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, ceramics, furniture and fine craft pieces. While the majority of her collection is in Modern American styles, other styles and cultures (Haitian, Asian, Native American, etc.) are represented. An exceptional feature of this exhibition is the large selection of serigraphs by renowned New York artist Will Barnet.
Jean Walters (1930 - 2022) grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana in an “artless” home. As a child, the only artwork she was exposed to was a print of “Custer’s Last Stand.” Walters sided with the Native Americans in the famous battle scene, and later in life, Native American ceramics, textiles and paintings would form a significant portion of her collection.
Early on, Walters made the decision to make Art a priority in her life and she began to surround herself with beautiful works of art and well-crafted utilitarian objects. She purchased her first piece as a 20-year old flight attendant during a stop in Germany. After marrying a military man and raising three children, Walters achieved a Master’s degree and enjoyed a 40-year career in Psychiatric social work.
Few of Walters’ household items were things found in department stores. Walters shopped galleries, craft fairs and artists’ studios, always opting for creative, original designs. Through the years, she nurtured her love for fine art and craft and passed this love on to her children who now continue to collect art, and support artists and arts organizations.
Walters’ favorite artist was painter and printmaker Will Barnet. With over 60 pieces by Barnet, Walters’ perhaps held the largest collection of Barnet’s work in the United States.