Titel: The Inverted Line
Autor/en: George A. Walker
April 2000 - kartoniert - 172 Seiten
Printmaker George A. Walker has assembled into one volume a collection of wood engravings that he has made during his career as an artist. He says in the introduction I hadn't ever really considered myself a wood-engraver ... [but] inevitably found myself making engravings on wood for my Artists' books. So you see I surprised myself when I realised that I had made hundreds of engravings over the years.... I fell into wood engraving much in the way one might fall into a pile of autumn leaves (not entirely by chance but the urge to jump in overcame me).' Why call this collection The Inverted Line? Walker goes on to explain: What I find seductive about wood engraving is the inverting of the line and the image.... I call it the inverted line. There are two reasons for this: the first is that the wood engraver is working with white lines in negative space and the second is that the image is backwards on the block before it's printed. However you see it, the black line of the artist's pen is transformed by its translation on the matrix to the impression on the paper. For every black line the engraver must cut two white lines on either side. It is this inversion of the lines, shapes and pattern that appeals to my temperament and begs to be explored.' George Walker is one of the most unusual wood engravers in the country, and works in a distinctly contemporary idiom. Using a dentist's drill, he routs out deep grooves which create bold graphic white lines, providing a brilliant black-white contrast.' - Patricia Ainslie, Glenbow Museum, Calgary
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 the 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 author Neil Gaiman. Walker also is 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.
'Walker's engravings are distanced from the twentieth-century English tradition exemplified by Gill and Gillings: for example, he often uses a dentist's drill to rout out deep grooves. This is not an inconsequential labour-saving technique: it gives the images more of a folk-art feel and dramatizes his symbolic and often surreal compositions.' -- Paul Razzell Parenthesis 'George Walker is one of the most unusual wood engravers in the country, and works in a distinctly contemporary idiom. Using a dentist's drill, he routs out deep grooves which create bold graphic white lines, providing a brilliant black-white contrast.' -- Patricia Ainslie Glenbow Museum 'Why this cultured man who values history and says "the best training ... is to be had by looking at the work of other artists" does not bring this sensitivity to extending his own art, but is content to remain in a Looney Tunes world, remains one of life's smaller mysteries. The world of wood engraving is undoubtedly extended by the presence within it of such a serious, self-defined, if self-limiting, clown; and this collection which shows a sufficient range of his work to let you see what he is about is very welcome.' -- Simon Brett Multiples 'This is a lively book by a very lively artist and wood engraver.' -- Bill Poole Pica '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 'There's not a lot of text in this book: commentary on each of the 70+ featured images, plus a little about Walker's life and manner of working. That helps explain why his work is so little-known. Much of it has gone into handcrafted books of which only one or two hundred were ever printed, and into collections that rarely circulate outside the printmaking community. Even though the uniqueness of each impression is lost in reproducing the works for a wider audience, I'm very glad that he has made it available in this lovely edition. It's fascinating work, sure to be welcome in any library on prints and printmaking.' -- wiredwierd amazon.com