Tom Thomson is one of the most famous non-member of the Canadian Group of Seven painters. He actually died before the group was formally named, but has always been included. His early death occurred in wartime when many men his age and younger were losing their lives. His death at the age of thirty-nine has troubled many people as much for the mystery of the circumstances as for the tragedy of his brief passionate life. In this book Walker responds to the creative life of Thomson in the language Thomson spoke most eloquently, the grammar and vocabulary of pictures. Walker builds his wordless story by break:ing down the colourful paintings and life of Thomson into light and dark, the black and white of a picture text. Walker has also imagined Thomson's happiness by the lakesides, his loves and passion for the landscape of Algonquin Park and Thomson's life and work in Toronto, where Walker lives and works.

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The Porcupine's Quill edition is typeset in Adobe Jenson. Printed on acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. Smyth sewn into sixteen page signatures with hand-tipped endleaves, front and back.

ISBN-10: 0889843481

EAN-13: 9780889843486

Publication Date: 2012-04-01

Dimensions: 8.75 in x 5.56 in

Pages: 224

Price: $22.95

 

 

A Wordless Narrative Told in 109 Wood Engravings by George A. Walker

The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson is a wordless narrative written in wood with 109 wood engravings. The book follows the life of Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson until his mysterious death in Algonquin Park in 1917. Canadian art historian, researcher, curator and author Tom Smart has written the introduction to this original book work. The book is available in both a popular edition from The Porcupine's Quill and in a limited edition of 39 numbered and signed copies.

A Visual Elegy

Art Critic Tom Smart describes this project in his introduction:"The narrative is a visual elegy reflecting on the loss of a gifted artist and a man of his time fluent in the visual language of modernism, who also found solace and an artistic muse in the wilds of the Canadian bush. George Walker's engravings chart his life, relationships and journeys as he made a living as a commercial artist in early twentieth-century Toronto, and a painter who found creative inspiration in the hinterland of lakes and forests."

The Limited Hand Printed Edition

Created: 2011
Medium: wood engraving hand printed on 250 gm Rising Stonehenge100% rag archival paper and comes fully bound in cloth with a clamshell protective box.
Book size: 6¼" X 8" X 2½" (232 pages printed recto)
Edition size: 39 copies signed and numbered (Thomson was 39 when he died)
Price: $2,000.00 Canadian each

The book is housed in a clam shell box made from the finest quality materials. Written in a xylography of pictures the book is accessible to readers of many languages.

PROCESS

Each image is drawn in reverse onto a piece of endgrain Canadian Maple and then inked in with pen and brush before the enngraving process begins.The blocks are then engraved with spitstickers, scorpers and lining tools and readied for the press and first test proofs.