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Two Women - Inez Walker

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Two Women - Inez Walker

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA Born Inez Stedman, 1911, Sumter, South Carolina. Received little formal education. Married (first name unknown) Nathaniel, 1924; married (first name unknown) Walker around 1972; separated. Three sons, one daughter. Died May 23, 1990, Willard, New York. GENERAL BACKGROUND Inez Nathaniel Walker began to draw her expressive, imaginatively colored portraits—usually of women—while she was in prison. Firm facts about Walker’s life are rare. It is believed that she was born in South Carolina, that her father died when she was twelve or thirteen years old, and that she was married to Nathaniel when she was around sixteen, but no confirmation of these dates or events is available. Walker is quoted as saying that she moved north around 1930 to escape the “muck” of farm work. She worked for a time in a pickle factory in Philadelphia and around 1949 moved to Port Byron, New York, where she worked on apple farms. In 1970 Walker was convicted of the “criminally negligent homicide” of a man who she felt had mistreated her. She explained her action with the statement: “Some of these men folks is pitiful.” Walker was incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Bedford, New York, from 1971 through 1972 for her crime. After she was released from prison, Walker returned to the Port Byron area and farm work; there she married for the second time. Inez Nathaniel-Walker's drawings (are) of buoyant ballooning figures anchored by an airy assortment of patterns and textures, which particularize garments, surroundings, hair and race...Nathaniel-Walker had a nearly infallible sense of placement, proportion and graphic expression.

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