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‘The delicacy and intelligence of George Walker’s print-making seems to have come to us from a bygone age. Fortunately, we have George with us now.’
— Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman
George A. Walker (Canadian, b. 1960) is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist, teacher, author, and illustrator who has been creating artwork and books and publishing at his private press since 1984. Walker’s popular courses in book arts and printmaking at OCAD University in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor, have been running continuously since 1985. For over twenty years Walker has exhibited his wood engravings and limited edition books internationally, often in conjunction with The Loving Society of Letterpress (and The Binders of Infinite Love) and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG). Among many book projects Walker has illustrated two hand-printed books written by internationally-acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. Walker is also the illustrator of the first Canadian editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass books (Cheshire Cat Press). George A. Walker was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art for his contribution to the cultural area of Book Arts.
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Images from the Neocerebellum
‘Paired with brief explicatory entries describing the pictures, the pages of the book chart a passage into an irrational world in which a central character finds himself in a Kafkaesque world, wandering alienated in a strange space. Others show odd juxtapositions of recognizable things—a tree coming out of a mouth, a person in a bed with oversized hands, pierced faces, and a puzzling device of a circus performer flanked by two barking wolves balancing on balls, arranged as if a heraldic device.’
—Tom Smart, Devil's Artisan
The Inverted Line
‘The greatest compliment I can pay it is, there is not a dull spot in the book. He can present us with humour without a hint of them being cartoons. I think he must have fun doing these prints. It is a good example of drawing straight to the point, and not fussing with a lot of extra stuff. These drawings wiggle and dance in space. They are small in scale, but each is huge in heart. They look like they are chiseled out of rock. I’ve had this book laying around, and when a visitor picks it up, I hear exclamations of surprise and awe.’
—James Horton, Block & Burin
George A. Walker’s official website. The home page contains links to his work, including hand-printed limited editions. Stay up to date on his latest projects with behind the scenes photos.
The author’s official Facebook page. Contains announcements regarding his frequent events, appearances and exhibitions as well as samples of his work.
Walker’s OCAD U faculty page. Extensive CV with information regarding publications and presentations. Also check out some of the courses that he teaches. (Course offerings subject to change.)
George A. Walker’s entry on Wikipedia. Includes bio, career highlights and bibliography.
DA 53 (Fall 2003) is subtitled ‘Notes on the Tools and Techniques of Wood Engraving’. By George A Walker. Includes seventeen illustrations, a Bibliography and suggestions about Suppliers, Resources and Related Organizations.
DA 68 (2011) is guest edited by Tom Smart, and features a lead article entitled ‘From Wood Engraving to Graphic Narrative: The Development of George A. Walker’s Xylographica’. The issue also includes a review of George Walker’s Book of Hours by Bill Baker.