George A. Walker – Graphic Novels
October 4-27, 2013
Opening reception: Friday October 4, 7-9:30pm.
Artist Talk: Friday October 4, at 7:30pm.
George Walker trained as a letterpress printer in high school and continued to study the trade in college. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1983, and later from Brock University with a BEd in 1996.He then attended Ryerson and York University, where he earned an MA in Communication and Culture. In 2002 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) for his achievements in Canadian Book Arts. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University, where he has been a member of the faculty teaching book-related arts since 1985.
He is also the graphic novel acquisitions editor for the Porcupine’s Quill and a creative director at Firefly Books Ltd. Walker is a member of The Loving Society of Letterpress Printers and The Binders of Infinite Love, and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG). In 1985, he founded Columbus Street Press with his wife, Michelle.
Walker’s medium is wood engraving, predominantly printed graphic novels that tell stories without dialogue. George has achieved some international renown having created the wood engraved illustrations for the first Canadian editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and bound part of both editions to his own design.
In 2008, Walker won a Bronze medal at the IPBA (Independent Publisher Book Awards) for Images from the Neocerebellum. He was awarded for the Best Original Print at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 1995, 1997, 2002 and in 2005. A Is for Alice was shortlisted for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year in 2010. The Book of Hours was nominated for a Book of the Year award in 2011 in the Graphic Novels & Comics category by ForeWord Magazine. In 2012, Walker received an honorable mention in the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada for The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.
Below: Photos taken at the George Walker Exhibition Opening (photos by Sun Lee)