John Frederick Walker

4. art



(Un)furled Text (2018). Mixed media.  9 ¼ x 21 ¾ x ¾ inches



                                     Sapphic Secret, 2017-18. Mixed media 5.75 x 10 x .5 inches


Word Play, 2017. Mixed media 5.5 x 7 x .5 inches



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The Triumph of Diana (study), 2015-16. Mixed media 24.5 x 36.5 x .5 inches




Sudden Emergence of the Southern Hemisphere, mixed media 2006

Sudden Emergence of the Southern Hemisphere, 2006. Mixed media 14 ¼  x 22 x 4 ½  inches
The Center for Books Arts Collection



Interrupted History, 2010-11.    Mixed media          9 ¼ x 12 ½ x 1 ½ inches


Étonne-moi (study), 2010.  Mixed media  19 x 14 x ½ inches. Private Collection


“Walker has altered old books and journals to tell new stories, recall old ones and give entirely different meanings to the originals. Because Walker has long been obsessed with multipanel work—diptych, triptych—the book gutter divides two panels on which to tell his new narratives or hint at hidden meanings… another arresting piece is a black book splayed with its board covers and red spine facing us. Through jagged trapezoidal cutouts the same young face—nose, open, red-lipped mouth, one pink cheek only—shows through on each side. Is the face boy or girl; is the mouth singing or screaming? These pieces are worth a visit.”

—Leon Graham, The Lakeville Journal



Feverish Text, mixed media 2006. The Chasanoff Collection

Feverish Text, 2006. Mixed media 9 ¾  x 17 ¼  x 2 inches
Yale University Art Gallery


Lost Codex, 2012. Mixed media. 15 x 23 ¼  x 2 inches


Double Enumeration, 2012. Mixed media 9 ½ x 17 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches.  The Brooklyn Museum of Art


“All share the theme of lost, missing or destroyed information, expressed through the device of books, notebooks, or folded paper from which pages or sheets have been torn or cut. In each case, what remains becomes an armature for Walker’s drawing, a process that transforms these objects into original and evocative forms.”

—Kathryn Boughton, The Litchfield County Times


Flightless Codex, 2011. Mixed media 25 x 53 ½ x 1 ¼ inches


Flayed Codex, 2012. Mixed media 27 x 37 x ½ inches


Remnant Codex, 2012. Mixed media 27 ¾ x 36 ½ x ¼ inches. Private Collection


“He is interested in the book as object, the book as form, a book’s essential physicality. Part sculpture, part collage, Walker’s ‘book art’… ranges from dramatic, wall-dominating pieces to charming diminutive works.”

—Emily Soell, The Lakeville Journal


Sundered Text, 2012. Mixed media 28 x 44 x ½ inches


Little Dying Folio, mixed media 2006

Little Dying Folio, 2006. Mixed media 7 ½  x 18 ½  x 5 inches. Private Collection


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Stolen Text, 2013. Mixed media 17.5 x 29 x 3 inches


Read an interview with Walker on the Center for Book Arts blog here.

Installation views here.

List of exhibitions here.

Reviews and press here.

Artist’s Statement here.


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