Remembering Walter Meyer –  an exclusive suite of limited edition prints

Walter’s Five is a suite of highly collectible limited editioned prints. The initiative was developed in 2022 by Heidi Erdmann in consultation with Catharina Scheepers and Sonja Meyer. Each print is expertly produced by Neil Williamson (PrintArt) in Cape Town and tells a unique story about the artist and his remarkable painterly ability.

SPRING. Walter loved springtime, it was his favourite season because that was when his roses bloomed. In 1999 he made a small painting showing a posy of five roses set against a creamy yellow interior of his studio. Meyer’s deep passion for growing old-fashioned roses started in 1995 when he moved his young family to the Free State town of Bethulie. He often went scouring the countryside in search of rare rose bushes. That is how he found a surviving wild yellow Rosa foetida Persiana. The slender thorny bush was known for its unusual fragrance. It was growing in a ruin near the site where a cluster of homes were demolished in the 1950’s to make way for the construction of the Gariep Dam. Walter carefully transplanted a section of the bush to his studio garden where it was lovingly nurtured. It may be the bloom painted on the right-hand side of his painting.

This legacy project is titled Walter’s Five as a  reference to Meyer’s five children who are the beneficiaries of the initiative.

SUMMER. Walter Meyer painted From the east in 2001. The painting was exhibited at Johans Borman Gallery in Cape Town and acquired by Sanlam for their permanent collection. In his book Impossible Skies, life with my brother, the artist Walter Meyer (2023) the author, Frans Meyer writes, “My brother Walter painted the sky. And the light”. This painting eloquently illustrated Frans’ words, and Walter’s superb painterly ability to captures that golden moment before the light of the day gently recedes into darkness. The limited edition print is titled Olifantshoek, late afternoon.

AUTUMN. Walter’s distinctive style in the complicated terrain of South African landscape painting is recognised with this typical rural scene on the bank of the Nossob river. In 1998 Walter and his young family spent their first Kalahari summer in that area with the artist Vetkat Kruiper and a group of San friends: it was a time of fun, stories and music. His rendering, painted a few years after that holiday, is however not nostalgic, rather it is a vivid evocation of stillness. The composition of dwellings, a car wreck, a lonely figure and resting cattle, set against an autumn coloured earth and blue sky brims, much like all Meyer’s paintings with poetic melancholy. The limited edition print is titled Nossob Riverbank, Kgalagadi Park.   WINTER is coming…

ABOUT the artist

Olifantshoek Road, late afternoon. Archival pigment ink print on Hahnemuhle museum etching paper, 350gms. Paper size 610 x 500 mm. Available editions 19 – 24/ 25.
Walter’s Five. Archival pigment ink print on Hahnemuhle museum etching paper, 350gms. Paper size 610 x 475 mm. Edition / 25
Nossob Riverbank, Kgalagadi Park. Archival pigment ink print on Hahnemuhle museum etching paper, 350gms. Paper size 640 x 485 mm. Edition / 25.