John Frederick Walker

JFW at Washington Art Association July 5 -26, 2014

Posted in art news by JFW on July 1, 2014


4 bryan memorial plaza in washington depot, P.O. Box 173, ct 06794 • 860.868.2878

Artist’s Choice: Works Selected by Robert Andrew Parker

We are pleased to present “Artist’s Choice: Works Selected by Robert Andrew Parker”, an exhibition representing 40 artists exploring a rich variety of media, techniques, and styles.

Robert Andrew Parker’s sixty-plus years as a successful, professional artist gives him a broad understanding and appreciation for an artist’s unique voice. Parker’s experience in gallery exhibitions, set design for opera and film, and book illustration informs this idiosyncratic collection of art from talented artists he has admired through the years.

Some participating artists are: Jeffrey Parker, Ernest Roth, Philip Bornarth, Harriett Cowdin Parker, Paul Mosse, John Bageris, Katja Oxman, Steve Balkin, Eric Aho, Fran Riche, Gwen John, David Fertig, June Leaf, James Stewart, Sperry Andrews, Robert Cottingham, Don Nice, Barrie Cooke, Jeff Pike, John Frederick Walker and Meg Shea.

The exhibition runs from July 5 – July 26, 2014

Please join us at the opening reception on Saturday, July 5th from 4pm – 6pm. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact us either by email at or by telephone at 860.868.2878.

Gallery Hours in the Summer:Tues. – Sat.: 10am – 5pm Sunday: Noon – 4pm Closed Monday

JFW in Central Booking Exhibition Nov. 7- Jan. 12

Posted in art news by JFW on October 23, 2013


I’m one of the participating artists in Central Booking’s upcoming “The Medicine Show,” which opens with a reception on November 7, 6-8 pm at 21 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002.  The exhibition runs through January 14, 2014, Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm.




John Frederick Walker: Flayed Book (Red Man), 2011 / mixed media and collage on book covers, 9.5 x 15 x 1.25 inches


JFW exhibition at Hotchkiss Library of Sharon June 1 – July 31

Posted in art news by JFW on May 31, 2013


Lost Codex, 2012, 15x23x2 inches, altered book / mixed media

I have an upcoming exhibition at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, 10 Upper Main Street, Connecticut from June 1- July 31st.  I’ve taken advantage of the large stairwell and reception rooms of this 1893 Romanesque Revival building to display a wide range of works, including new large-format pieces. For further information call 860-364-5041.


JFW Center for Book Arts Interview

Posted in art news, elephant and ivory news, giant sable news by JFW on May 3, 2013


I was interviewed by Kate Burns for the Center for Book Arts’s blog as part of its Friday Insight series.  The interview can be found here, along with images of recent work.

JFW at Eastern Connecticut State University

Posted in art news by JFW on September 2, 2012

I’ve just installed my exhibition “John Frederick Walker: The Altered Book,” at Eastern Connecticut State University’s J. Eugene Smith Library, and will be giving a lecture and studio workshop there on September 10th.  The exhibition is on view through September 30th.

Artist & Author John Frederick Walker to Visit Eastern – September 10, 2012
Locked Down Lepidopteran (2011). The insect order Lepidoptera includes butterflies and moths, whose mounted forms are often evoked in the artist’s work.  Walker’s frequent use of bolts to lock down pages, rendering their contents inaccessible, references loss of information.
Eastern Connecticut State University
J. Eugene Smith Library
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT  06226

JFW in Center for Books Arts Exhibition July 6 – September 10

Posted in art news by JFW on June 20, 2011
Sudden Emergence of the Southern Hemisphere 
Mixed media over altered book
 14.25″ x 22″ x 4.5″

I’m one of the artists whose work (shown above) is included in “Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts” in New York.  The exhibition was organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director, Jen Larson, Collections Specialist, and the Collections Committee.

“For the past two years, the Center for Book Arts has been involved in a Collections Initiative, which involves the in-depth cataloguing and preservation of our extensive collection of artist books, prints, catalogues, and ephemera. This exhibition marks the culmination of the three-year Collections Initiative. The exhibition will offer an overview of the history and development of book arts in the 20th century, and examine the role of the institution in both nurturing and promoting innovative artists and preserving traditional artistic practices.”

A catalog with essays by Johanna Drucker, Erin Riley-Lopez, Amanda Stevenson and Tony White will be published in conjunction with the show, which is on view July 6  – September 10, 2011 at 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY  and travels to Atlanta, Minneapolis, Houston, San Francisco and other venues.

JFW at Ober Gallery May 7-June 5

Posted in art news by JFW on April 17, 2011

The Ober Gallery in Kent, Connecticut will exhibit my mixed-media “Bookworks” from May 7 to June 5, 2011.  It’s my first solo exhibit in five years.

Elephant Folio, 2011. Mixed media

The works on exhibit all derive from actual books, or book fragments, radically altered. “In each case,” Kathryn Boughton wrote in her 2006  Litchfield County Times profile, “what remains becomes an armature for Mr. Walker’s drawing, a process that transforms these objects into original and evocative forms.”