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.
Master of Fine Arts | Graphic Design | Savannah College of Art & Design (2009) Bachelor of Arts | Design/Illustration | University of South Carolina (1999)
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 Winthrop University Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
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
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
‘Chairs-on-Parade,’ organized by McColl Center For Visual Art – Charlotte, NC 2001