Although born in England, Walter Beauvais is particularly associated with the French school of painting. He was the grandson of Charles Henri Beauvais, an artist and lithographer, and son of Arnold Beauvais, also on artist and one time President of the London Sketch Club. He was educated at Staines Grammar School and on leaving school became apprenticed to his father, working on his studios in London, Paris and Rome.
Walter’s childhood seems to have been spent in and between his father's studios in London and in Marseilles. He began "serious painting" in the late sixties and was very successful. His paintings are often simple in concept but are executed in an open and bright manner seen as typical of French Impressionist work. He is mostly known for his beach scenes. His first major exhibition in London was in 1985 and many exhibitions have been held in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and Australia. His work is to be found in many permanent collections throughout the world, including two Royal Collections.