Characterized by his minimalist use of collage and mixed media, WaIters' work is highly intellectual, juxtaposing subtle
influences from ancient European and Asian cultures, mythology and heraldry .Words and titles are important elements of
WaIters' work, helping to establish his artfully composed, sparse and exquisitely balanced style. Titles like Swanhild Walking or
Emblematic Niggling Delphin are typical examples of his highly sophisticated intelligence and wit. Walter's work has earned him
several awards including thel999 Honickman Purchase Prize at the USArtists '99 Extraordinary Artist's exhibit, resulting in his
inclusion in the collection of the Canada Dry Corporation.
Walter became interested in art in the early 70's, about the same time he started hearing voices in his head. He studied art history
in high school, and was encouraged by his teachers to become a writer. After high school, he attended the University of Pittsburgh
and Bennington College to study English literature. When psychiatric problems forced him to withdraw from school in 1985, he
became a drifter and began developing his unique art while still living on the streets.
One of Coalition Ingenu's founding members and most popular and prolific artists, Walter now lives in a boarding home in North
Philadelphia. He works mostly at home but much of the thought and planning behind his work results from reading dictionaries
and reference books at the Philadelphia Free Library. Altered or manipulated photocopies of dictionary illustrations often appear
in his compositions.