Walt Neil Project- Inner City Murals
I lived in Columbus Ohio from 1989- 2007. During that time, I lived and worked in all sort of neighborhoods. On the East side of town, there were these amazing murals, that looked like they were painted in the 1970's-80's. I'd notice them all the time. Signed by Walt Neil.
Walt was considered an urban "outsider" artist. I believe there was a show at the public library at some point.
So imagine my surprise when I walked into an old school house (turned into a cultural center) and saw the walls covered in Walt Neil murals! I found out he worked there on weekends. I was renting a studio space there, and made sure to be there on the first Saturday I was open.
I found him around a corner, walked up and said (yelled), "oh my gosh, you're Walt Neil and I love your work!!!" I explained about living in Columbus and seeing his work. We hugged and agreed to work on a project to photograph and catalog his work. Hopefully soon!
In the meantime, here's his online bio:
Walt Neil is an ‘Artist of the Spirit’ whose formal training ended with a high school diploma, majoring in commercial art. Mentors like Tom Pannell, Ed Colston and Bill Agnew introduced him to the most challenging profession on earth…..’being an African American artist in America!
Are you still doing murals? Is there a way to contact You? Or can you do tact me by email or phone... 614-893-1977
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