This summer Harewood House Trust will present a major solo exhibition by Antiguan artist Frank Walter, with support from Ingleby.
Frank Walter (Francis Archibald Wentworth Walter), self-styled '7th Prince of the West Indies, Lord of Follies and the Ding-a-Ding Nook', was born in Antigua in 1926. Walter was hugely talented as an artist and writer, although somewhat flawed by an obsession with his ancestral lineage which he believed linked him with the aristocratic families of Europe including Charles II (through his mistress Lucy Walter), Franz Joseph of Austria and the Dukes of Buccleuch.
Coinciding with a solo presentation of Walter's work at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia - at the first ever pavilion for Antigua and Barbuda - Flamboyant Trees at Harewood House comprises over 60 paintings including landscapes purposely selected to resonate with Harewood’s surrounding gardens, designed by Capability Brown.
In the 1950s, having achieved the remarkable position of the first man of colour to manage an Antiguan sugar plantation, Walter toured Europe in pursuit of new skills and his own increasingly convoluted genealogical meanderings. His journey would bring him to both the North of England and Scotland and the landscapes he encountered during his time in the UK would continue to influence his painting later in life.
Nicola Stephenson, Exhibitions and Projects Producer at Harewood House Trust says: 'Harewood is particularly delighted to exhibit a selection of paintings by Frank Walter this summer when Leeds is also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Leeds Carnival and the contribution of the Caribbean community to our wider cultural life.'