Photo of George Walker
gwalker@faculty.ocadu.ca
Photo of George Walker
George Walker
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 338
gwalker@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Printmaking, Publishing, Artists' Books

Overview

George Walker is a wood engraver, book artist, author and educator who has taught courses at the university since 1985. For over twenty years he has exhibited his wood engravings and limited edition books internationally. Among many book projects, George has illustrated two hand-printed editions written by Neil Gaiman. George is the author of:  Written in Wood an Anthology of his wordless narratives (Firefly Books 2014) The Woodcut Artist's Handbook (Firefly Books 2005), Graphic Witness (Firefly Books 2007), Trudeau: La Vie En Rose, (Porcupine’s Quill, 2015), The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook: A Biography in 80 Wood Engravings, First edition (Porcupine’s Quill, 2014), The Life and Times of Conrad Black: A Wordless Biography (Porcupine’s Quill, 2013), The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, (Porcupine’s Quill, 2012), Images from the Neocerebellum (Porcupine's Quill 2007), The Inverted Line (2000 Porcupine's Quill), George A. Walker was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2002 and belongs to The Loving Society of Letterpress Printers and The Binders of Infinite Love, The Arts & Letters Club, Alcuin Society and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG).

 

Education

MA, Ryerson University Communication and Culture, AOCA, BEd Brock University, RCA .

 

2001: Simon Fraser University, B.C. - Book Publishing Immersion Program 2001: B.Ed, Brock University 1998-99:  Apple Seminars and Training 2011: AOCA, Ontario College of Art graduate 1978: Dundas Valley School of Art 1977

Professional Experience

Creative Director - Firefly Books Limited 2000 - present

Graphics Editior - The Porcupine's Quill 2007 - present

Selected Exhibitions

George Walker has been a Toronto-based printmaker, engraver, author, editor, and college/university instructor for 30 years. His artworks are held in collections ranging from the Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York City and he has had over 15 solo exhibitions as well as been included in more than 100 group shows. He has 11 commercially published books to his name.

 

Awards \ Grants

eLit Awards 2016 – I won a Silver Medal at the eLit Awards for my book Trudeau: La Vie en Rose. The annual eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment.  The Gala award ceremony is in NYC.
Alcuin Society Awards 2015 – First place prize for limited edition book design in Canada. My Book, The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook took first prize in the limited editions category. The Alcuin Society holds the only national competition for book design in the country. Winning books are submitted as Canada’s official entries to Best Book Design from all over the world at the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany.
 GOLD - 2015 eLit Awards for digital publishing - The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook took first prize in the graphic novel category. The sixth annual eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing.
IPPY GOLD MEDAL – for Outstanding Book of the Year
    My book, The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook won the most outstanding design award for North America. My book was chosen from 6,000 entries. The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPYs”) are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, titles published each year. The Independent Publisher Book Award is considered one of the highest honors for books published by independent publishers. The IPPY headquarters is located in Traverse City, Michigan.
Shortlisted in the Stiftung Buchkunst, Leipzig Book Fair best-designed books of 2012.
    George Walker was nominated as one of the 14 finalists from 32 countries for his book The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.
Nominated for a 2013 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) for the book
    The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson. In cooperation with the Toronto Comics Awards Festival.
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, Design Work Juried Exhibition,     
    Design at Work – Best of Western Ontario, The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.
    December 2012 published by the Porcupine’s Quill
The Book of Hours (PQL 2011) was shortlisted for a 2011
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year award
A is for Alice (PQL 2009) is a finalist for Foreword Reviews - 2009 Book of the Year at the
    Book Expo America
Alcuin Society - Honourable Mention for limited edition Book of Hours 2008

Commissions

Neil Gaiman - author of the Sandman illustrated novels - illustrated poem for private distribution by Gaiman Biting Dog Press - illustrated Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman Key Porter Books - illustrated the Clueless Vegetarian and Clueless in the Kitchen Key Porter Books - illustrated Guide to Canadian Universities The Bibliographical Society of Canada Ontario College of Art & Design Spectrum United ICI Explosives Also, numerous private commissions for book collectors in Canada, USA and Europe.

Selected Publications

2007: Graphic Witness, published by Firefly Books. Art history book about the work of wordless novelists and artists Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Giacomo Patri and Laurence Hyde. 2007: Images from the Neocerebellum, published by the Porcupine?s Quill. A collection of dream images from my dream diary with an afterword by Jungian scholar Daryl Sharpe M.A. publisher and general editor of Inner City Books. A Glimpse Down the Rabbit Hole by Richard Coxford, Spring, Issue Number 7, Bibliographica. Coxford writes about my work on the Cheshire Cat Press, Lewis Carroll books. The Alcuin Society ? Amphora, Journal of fine press printing No. 145 February 2007, article written by Dr. Marnie Parsons about my lectures and workshop as a guest artist for the St. John?s Newfoundland Wayzgoose. 2007: Lecture at the Toronto Reference Library in conjunction with Keep Toronto Reading. 2007: Altered Books: Artists Reinvent the Book, a talk with Professor Peter Sramek, moderated by Toronto Star book critic Philip Marchand. 2007: University College, University of Toronto, The William Morris Society of Canada, Symposium: In the Steps of William Morris. DA - Journal of the Printing Arts ? Number 60, Spring / Summer 2007; article: ?A Rogue?s Gallery of the Canadian Book and Printing Arts? including an original wood engraving. Spring 2007 Journal: authored book review: Alexander Anderson 1775-1870 Wood engraver and Illustrator: An Annotated Bibliography, published by the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, edited by Jennifer J. Conner, Ph.D. Memorial University of Newfoundland. 3 vols. By Jane R. Pomeroy. 2000: Gutenberg Mysteries, by George Walker, Bartholomew-tide Press 2000: The Clueless Vegetarian, by Evelyn Raab, Key Porter Books in Canada and Firefly Books in the U.S. 2000: The Inverted Line, by George Walker illustrated with wood engravings by the author, Porcupine's Quill 1997: Clueless in the Kitchen, A Cookbook for Teens, by Evelyn Raab. Key Porter Books in Canada and Firefly Books in the U.S. 1997: The Best of Printmaking, An International Collection - Selected by Lynne Allen and Phyllis McGibbon with an introduction by Ruth Weisberg 1997: Rockport Publishers, Quarry Books (Collective Ideas is featured on page 50), Publications Private Press HAND PRINTED BOOKS: 2007: The Book of Hours? A wordless novel in woodengravings. 2005: The Raven ? A new edition of Poe?s classic tale illustrated with original wood engravings and printed in an edition of 65 numbered copies. The introduction is by Michelle Walker. 2003: The Transformed Mouse ? written by Jack Ketchum who based this story on a retelling of a 2nd century A.D. parable from the Panchatantra. Printed and illustrated with original wood engravings impressed on Japanese paper in a limited edition of 250 copies. 2002: Snow Glass-Apples - written by Neil Gaiman and printed in a limited edition of 250 signed and numbered copies. 12 original wood engravings by George Walker printed on handmade gampi paper, illustrate this play for voices. 1981 - 2000: Wayzgoose Anthology - Annually published through the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. George Walker has contributed a hand-printed signature to this limited edition annual book since it was founded in 1981. 2000: Millennium In a Box - Published by the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists' Guild. 1998: Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll with 94 wood engravings by George Walker. Limited ed. printed by William Poole for the Cheshire Cat Press in Grimsby, Ontario. 1984 - 1998 Ontario College of Art Printmaking Anthology (OCAP). George Walker has coordinated the annual anthology from 1986 to the present and contributed to this anthology since 1984.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Memberships in Learned and Professional Societies

Arts and Letters Club - Professional Member 2016 –
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA). Elected a member 2002
Center for Book Arts, New York City, 1995 –
Open Studio, Toronto, 1990 –
Wood-Engravers Network, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1999 –
Papers/Papiers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Memorial University Newfoundland and Labrador, Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, 2008 –2011
Alcuin Society 1990 –  The only non-profit organization in Canada dedicated to the entire range of interests related to books and reading.
The Loving Society of Letterpress Printers, Toronto 1995-
The Mackenzie Heritage Printery, Queenston, Ont.,
1999 - 2004 ,member of the board of directors.
Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild CBBAG
(Education Committee, 1990 –1998, Board Member, 1996-1999)
CARFAC, 1999 – Ontario is the association of professional visual and media artists.