The Bicycle Logs of Walter Anderson (Hardcover)

The Bicycle Logs of Walter Anderson By John G. Anderson, Anthony Thaxton (Contributor), Anthony Thaxton Cover Image

The Bicycle Logs of Walter Anderson (Hardcover)

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Before The Horn Island Logs of Walter Anderson, the Islander came ashore. An explorer as well
as an artist, Walter Anderson consistently kept logs and created artwork on his journeys. Whether he was walking through China toward Tibet, sailing a small boat out to camp on a wilderness island, or bicycling two thousand miles, his travels are fascinating and paint an image of a unique life. The Bicycle Logs of Walter Anderson gives an extraordinary opportunity to look through the eyes of an artist as he is becoming an artist. Through this extensive collection of mostly never-before-seen art and writings, we can travel along with him on his adventures and share in his intense love of life. Walter's son, John G. Anderson, sets the Logs in context with historical events to show what was happening in his life when each one was being written. Because these logs span his whole life, they provide a complete timeline and give readers an opportunity to understand him better by reading his own words and looking through his eyes. By revealing why he lived, this book opens the door to exciting new questions about him and about his world.
JOHN G. ANDERSON, the youngest child of Sissy and Walter Anderson, grew up in the artistic retreat at Shearwater Pottery. After college, he served as an officer in the US Navy. Following this, he worked as a teacher, a national park ranger, and a marine biologist/ecologist before returning to graduate school to study neuroscience and become a psychologist. In the past several years, he has been the curator or co-curator for twelve exhibits of his father's art. He has written about him extensively and participated in the production of several films on his father including Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of the Islander which is available to stream on PBS Passport. ANTHONY THAXTON has won awards as a television director, painter, educator, photographer, writer, musician, and filmmaker. He is a founding partner of the Institute for Southern Storytelling at Mississippi College (where he was named the 2019 Distinguished Art Alumnus of the Year). He lovingly writes, produces, directs, and edits programming about the South. Anthony won a Southeast EMMY Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary (Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of The Islander) and was nominated for Best Editor and Best Director. He is currently at work finishing a major film and companion book on the life of celebrated writer Eudora Welty. The Walter Anderson film aired nationwide on PBS stations and the companion book was a bestseller and is currently in its second printing
Product Details ISBN: 9798990144408
Publisher: Institute for Southern Storytelling at Mississippi College
Publication Date: June 12th, 2024
Pages: 304
Robin Whitfield is the closest living artist we have to Walter Anderson. Her vibrant art and conservation efforts made her the perfect choice to review the book. Here’s what this artist had to say: “I finally had the chance to sit down and really absorb The Bicycle Logs of Walter Anderson. I went through it fast, but so many places brought me to a screeching stop in my scrolling. This book is a complete surprise. A revelation! I have read everything written about Walter Anderson and poured over his creative outpouring since I was young. This offers something new and unexpected. This book illuminates a beautiful human spirit whose very life is a mystical work of art. Truth, beauty, and love filtered into pages with words, lines, and colors. John’s commentary and interpretation (combined with the imagery and Anthony’s design) tell a mythic story greater than the sum of its parts. This book is a light. I can see the time they’ve both spent---and it blows my mind. I am so grateful to John and Anthony for bringing this into the world. I can't wait to hold it in my hands and soak it in completely