Walter Ferguson 1930-2015
|"Save the Earth" by Walter Ferguson|
Walter was born in New York City in 1930. He received his formal art training at Yale School of Fine Arts and Pratt Institute. In 1965, Walter immigrated to Israel with his wife and settled in Beit Yanai on the Mediterranean coast, where they raised four children. In Israel Walter maintained an active and successful career. He traveled extensively over a period of more than 60 years throughout North America, Mexico, The Middle East and Africa, and his travels inspired paintings of the indigenous people, wildlife, and other subjects. Walter was a versatile artist who began championing environmentalism in his artwork earlier than most. His large, activist, oil painting, Save the Earth (attached), which is featured in Environmental Impact, is from 1989. It is one of three paintings by Walter that are featured in Environmental Impact.
I admired Walter and his work greatly. Walter's work was courageous. And he and his sons were generous in lending it for display in Environmental Impact and other museum exhibitions. Walter's correspondence with me was always kind, thoughtful, and instructive. His family's loss is our loss, the artworld's, too.
David J. Wagner