Walt S. Artwork

Walt S. is the signature for Walt Simpson. He is a painter, graphic designer and educator in South Carolina. His artwork depicts images of houses, landscapes and animals inspired by outsider and contemporary art.

Subject matter can be a challenging aspect to image-making, but Walt has found rural images and early to mid-twentieth century houses interesting. He grew up in a community filled with such old houses. They represent a period where people worked in mills and manufacturing in the south (and across the country). They are small, usually brightly painted. Though many of the houses are demolished or decaying at present, they reflect a time in U.S. society with lower incomes, less room or need for material things, and a smaller footprint in the use of natural resources.

Social statements do not hover in his artwork, but the colors and subject matter do. Notional compositions, backyard gardens, and shadows on slat houses and fences anchor in the compositions.

Artist Vitae


Master of Fine Arts | Graphic Design | Savannah College of Art & Design (2009)
Bachelor of Arts | Design/Illustration | University of South Carolina (1999)

Private and Corporate Collections

The Art Institute of Charlotte
Barbara Mcilwaine
The Boulevard Company
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Ducane Gas Grills Inc.
Gregory and Gregory Attorneys
Amy & Dr. Mitchell Levi
Richland Memorial Hospital – Cancer Center
South Carolina Department of Education
State Farm Insurance
Chris & Jim Teat
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina, Lancaster
VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, C.A.R.E. Center
Winthrop University
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice

Solo Exhibits and Shows

Lancaster County Arts Council, 'Everything is a Sandcastle' – Lancaster, SC 2018
Sertoma Art Center – Raleigh, NC 2011
Williams & Fudge Gallery – Rock Hill, SC 2011
University of South Carolina, 'Houses and Hoods' – Lancaster, SC 2010
Art Institute of Charlotte – Charlotte, NC 2006
Raymond James Financial – Greenville, SC 2003
Dalton Gallery, Arts Council of Rock Hill – Rock Hill, SC 2002
Piedmont Healthcare Systems Gallery – Rock Hill, SC 2001, 2000
Rock Hill City Hall Rotunda – Rock Hill, SC 2001, 2000
The Kothe-Howard Studio, 'Windows and Roads' – Charlotte, NC 2000
University of South Carolina – Lancaster, SC 1998
Lancaster County Council for the Arts – Lancaster, SC 1996

Group Shows

South Carolina Ag+Art Tour, 2017
Faculty Show, Wingate University, Wingate, NC 2015, 2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC 2013
ArtFields – Lake City, SC 2013
‘Nostalgia,’ – Davidson Community College, Lexington, NC 2013
‘Art & Technology’ Faculty Show – Wingate University, Wingate, NC 2013
Red Hat – Atlanta, GA 2012
Williams & Fudge Gallery – Rock Hill, SC 2011
Art Council of York County Juried Show – Rock Hill, SC 2011
Raleigh Fine Arts Society Juried Show – Raleigh, NC 2011
‘Asian Inspiration,’ Faculty Show, Wingate University – Wingate, NC 2011
‘Structures,’ Carillon Building curated by Hodges Taylor Gallery – Charlotte, NC 2008
Bob Doster, Fran Perry & Walt Simpson: ‘Artitudes,’ Mint Museum Young Affiliates – Charlotte, NC 2006
‘Birds,’ City Gallery – Charleston, SC 2006
'Birds,' Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum – Myrtle Beach, SC 2005
'Birds,' Sumter Gallery of Art – Sumter, SC 2004
LaGrange National Biennial, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum – LaGrange, GA 2006, 2004
‘Jubilee Harvest of the Arts,’ Rock Hill Arts Council – Rock Hill, SC. 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000
Blue Door Studio – Charlotte, NC 2004
‘The Harlem Renaissance Influence,’ Afro-American Cultural Center – Charlotte, NC 2004
‘State-Wide Art Competition,’ Florence Museum – Florence, SC 2003
‘Windows on Main,’ Upstate Visual Art Group Show – Greenville, SC 2003
‘Sumter Collects,’ Sumter Gallery of Art – Sumter, SC 2003
‘Put Down the Machine,’ Hart-Witzen Gallery – Charlotte, NC 2002
‘2nd Annual SCHWA Show,’ Emerge Gallery – Greenville, NC 2002
‘I Love My Life,’ Hart-Witzen Gallery – Charlotte, NC 2002
‘SCHWA Show,’ Emerge Gallery – Greenville, NC 2001
‘Color!,’ City Art – Columbia, SC 2001
‘Figurative Nudes,’ Hart-Witzen Gallery – Charlotte, NC 2001
‘Computer Art. Future Art,’ Florence Museum – Florence, SC 2000

Public Art

‘Chairs-on-Parade,’ organized by McColl Center For Visual Art – Charlotte, NC 2001

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