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ARTHUR WALTER STEWART

STEWART, Arthur Walter, 86, a world-renown Birmingham artist, died on September 6, 2001. Mr. Stewart was internationally acclaimed for his flower paintings, portraits and landscapes. A native of Marion, Alabama, Mr. Stewart began painting when he was six years old and was given his first one-man show at the age of 23 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The artist received his education at Auburn University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Stewart served in the U.S. Army for four and one half years during World War II. After World War II, Mr. Stewart traveled extensively in Mexico and Europe, painting as he went. He painted Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris in 1949. He made San Francisco his home from 1947 to 1952, although he made a trip annually to Alabama, where he painted portraits. Mr. Stewart returned to Birmingham in 1952, where he lived until his death. Mr. Stewart taught watercolor, drawing and portrait painting at the Birmingham Museum of Art School. He also served as President of the Alabama Watercolor Society. In 1985 Mr. Stewart was inducted into the Portrait Painters Hall of Fame and throughout his life he won over 30 national awards. He had over 35 one-man shows in states ranging from New York to California. During his long and prolific life, Mr. Stewart was noted for his wonderful oil portraits, lovely watercolor flowers and moving landscapes from his many travels. Mr. Stewart's painting hang in more than 1,000 pubic and private collections from California to Italy, including the collections of Queen Elizabeth II, England, La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin, Texas, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Mr. Stewart continuted to paint until the week of his death. Of Mr. Stewart's floral arrangements James Nelson of The The Birmingham News wrote, 'Stewart's bravura approach to floral still-lifes relates to both the 18th Century Dutch painters, with their clear and precise evocation of objects, and the Italian Mannerists of the same period, who extolled a heightened reality by their exaggeration of color intensity and a dramatic chiaroscuro.' Alfred Frankenstein of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote of Mr. Stewart, ' He has a fine crisp sense of architectural geometry and what it can do for the architecture of painting, his line is deft and sure, and his ways with the crumbling luster of an old wall add a romantic note to the rather spare composition of his pictures. When Stewart works in water color, he is one of the most distinggushed painters on the West Coast.' Mr. Stewart is survived by his sisters, Hannah Holliday Stewart of Birmingham, Jean Stewart Cruikshank of Moultrie, Georgia and Shyrley Stewart Shirley of Haughton, Louisiana; brother and sister-in-law, Colonel and Mrs. Lewis Minor Stewart of Marion, Alabama and numerous nieces and nephews and many dear and special friends. A memorial service will be held at The Cathedral Church of the Advent on Sunday, September 9, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the home of Rusty and Carol Stewart at 2641 Crest Road on September 9, 2001, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Hand-in-Paw programs conducted at Children's Hospital, The , or . Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors on B'Ham's Southside (205-251-5254) is directing.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Sept. 7, 2001
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