Meet the Artist

Welcome to the home of Ed Walker.

I am a print artist and writer.

I first started writing by creating a non-fiction book. I’ve had a life long passion for flavor. Combining quality alcoholic ingredients with surprising mixers was my trademark. Thus I created a how to book: A Taste for Drink.  At some point I will write some more how to books about things I love.

My step-father was a police artist and accomplished painter who taught me an appreciation for quality art. While I will probably never be of his caliber as an artist I love texture and complexity in art. I was drawn to the works of artists like Albrecht Durer, a painter and printmaker of the German

Albrecht Dürer - Melencolia
Albrecht Dürer – Melencolia

Renaissance.  His work was so complex and detailed that I could spend hours studying it.

I also discovered this wonderful artist living in Japan named David Bull. He was recreating woodblock art from the history of Japan. This intrigued me as he had found an audience who was interested in his artistic recreations; this

Elephantine Yokai by Meiji-era (1868 through 1912) designer Kawanabe Kyosai
Elephantine Yokai by Meiji-era (1868 through 1912) designer Kawanabe Kyosai

was a path I could follow; artistic craftsman rather than original artist.

I began learning the skills of woodblock and achieved some success but then I learned about linocuts. The material is so much more forgiving than wood and allows detail that opened my mind to many possibilities.

As opposed to digital prints, lino prints celebrate the long tradition of handmade editioned art that has been practiced for nearly two millennia. While woodblock printmaking goes back thousands of years, linocut was popularised by artists like Picasso in the early part of the 20th century because of the wider availability and softer texture of linoleum.  I had found my medium.

I currently am creating recreations of earlier works – not exact reproductions but created with the original firmly in mind. I also create original work by combining elements of existing images or even my own sketches.

I find the carving part of the process relaxing; it’s like a moving meditation. The world disappears and nothing exists but the lines and the blade revealing the image. Seeing the image printed is like watching the birth of something you’ve nurtured for a long time.

I eventually plan to sell prints and am working on designs suitable for greeting cards, shirts and even tiny prints as quick pick-up collectors items.

My art card size prints are aimed at the Vegas market as that is where my wife and I will  be opening a business in 2018.

I hope you find something to enjoy in my work.

– Ed