Inez Nathaniel-Walker

Inez Nathaniel-Walker
Also Known as
Inez Nathaniel
Inez Stedman
Inez Nathaniel Walker
born Sumter, SC 1911-died Willard, NY 1990
Active in
  • Port Byron, New York
  • Bedford, New York
U.S. States
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Artist Biography

Inez Nathaniel went north to Philadelphia during the Great Migration of the 1930s to escape the harsh realities of farm work in the rural South. Convicted of the manslaughter of an abusive male acquaintance, she served time in the Bedford Hills, New York, Correctional Facility from 1971 to 1972, where she began to draw to isolate herself from the "bad girls" in the facility. When she remarried in1975, she took her new husband's name, Walker. Walker's drawings are almost exclusively single or paired portraits of females. In most of her works, the heads are drawn much larger and more expressively than the rest of the figures and dominate thecomposition. Though Walker never felt she was able to capture a likeness, and she relied on her imagination to develop the faces, she created clearly recognizable characters. Some recur frequently. Elements of self-portraiture are also evident in her figures, many of whom wear clothing, especially hats, based on the artist's own.

Woodenworks: Furniture Objects by Five Contemporary Craftsmen. (St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Museum of Art with the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1972)

Works by This Artist

felt-tipped pen and ink, crayon, and pencil on paperboard mounted to paperboard
felt-tipped pen and ink, ballpoint pen and ink, crayon, and pencil on paper mounted on brown paperboard
felt-tipped pen and ink, ballpoint pen and ink, crayon, and pencil on paper
ca. 1977
mixed media: pencil and colored pencil on paper