Thibault Gallery features July artist of the month: John Witzel Walters

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Witzel Art is the new contemporary artwork in town, with vivid, rich color schemes and subjects that seem to dance off the canvas. To see some of this thought-provoking artwork, stop by Thibault Gallery in downtown Beaufort this July where John Witzel Walters is the featured artist of the month.

Artist John Witzel Walters
Artist John Witzel Walters

John Witzel Walters is a self-taught artist from South Carolina, who uses acrylics to evoke thought and emotion through his dramatic art that takes colorful-risks. Witzel’s art has been influenced by the eccentric life he has led. He has survived a ship sinking while working as a scuba diver in the Caribbean, and the Georgetown Front Street fire of 2013, where he lost his home, art business, and beloved dog in the flames. Starting over from scratch in 2014, Witzel has come back with a splash continuing to produce rich scenes and art that inspires.

Witzel uses his passion to create lasting, impressionable images of the beauty he experiences in the natural world. The textures, vibrant colors and flow of the shapes reflected in his whimsical art are inspired from his love of everything nature, keeping in touch with the shabby chic essence of the beach. Witzel is known for his signature wet, glossy finish which diffuses light, allowing the eye to see more color, adding an extra dimension to his art that brings it to life.

Creative all of his life, Witzel started selling his art to the public in 2010. Since then, his career as an artist has grown rapidly and his art is represented along the coast of South Carolina. In 2012, he won the Florence Art International Competition with his painting, Octopi-Hi, and was also chosen as the featured artist of the 2012 Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art for his acrylic painting Marsh March.

Witzel is a strong supporter of the community and helps raise money for charitable organizations, usually holding his own event once a year where he takes a special interest in supporting the development of the youth in arts.

Support the arts and stop in to see Witzel Art this month at Thibault Gallery on Bay Street.