Robert Jerome (Jerry) Walden, Sr. (b. 1941, Langdale AL; d. 2019, Rock Hill, SC, USA) was an artist and professor of art from the rural south. Taking advantage of the GI Bill for his service in the US Air Force (1960-62) he earned his BFA from Auburn University (Auburn, AL) in 1968 and his MFA in painting from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) in 1971. Schooled heavily in the academic tradition of figure drawing he was equally accomplished in representation and pure abstraction, which he explored primarily in painting, drawing and printmaking but at times in sculpture and mixed-media collage and assemblage. Stylistically his studio practice waxed and waned between expressionism, minimalism and surrealism and at times, combining aspects of these styles in the same artwork well before it was popular to do so today.

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