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John Balkwill

John Balkwill

John Balkwill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Institute for the Book Arts at the University of Alabama, where he studied with internationally recognized private press printer, Gabriel Rummonds.  He also studied humanities at St. Mary’s College in Rome.  Balkwill learned the techniques of wood engraving from John DePol, the dean of American wood engravers and studied Japanese woodblock printmaking with Akira Kurosaki, one of the foremost contemporary Japanese printmakers.

Believing in the maxim of Daniele Barbaro, the sixteenth century Venetian humanist, that “all art is born of experience,” Balkwill has made it a point to gain wide experience in preparation for his work as an artist.  Born in Canada, Balkwill has lived in many places and worked at various occupations.  For a number of years he lived in Italy where he worked as an importer.  In these endeavors and in many travels Balkwill gained a real-life education that would serve him well when he focused in on a life as an artist and craftsman.

Balkwill became familiar with Lake Tahoe when he arrived in 1989 to work with Gregor Peterson in the establishment of The Huckleberry Press, in Incline Village, Nevada, on the northern shore of the lake.  Peterson had founded the press to explore his interest in literature and fine printing by producing handcrafted, limited edition books.  At the Incline Village printing studio of the press, Balkwill has worked on the creation of a number of limited editions, which have combined literature with fine design and printing to produce books that have been widely praised  in the bibliophile community.  Expert in many facets of the Book Arts, Balkwill was involved in every aspect of the making of these superb books, from design and illustration to the handsetting of the metal type and letterpress printing of the works by hand.

The completion of Ten Views from Lake Tahoe marks the first major work of Balkwill’s own imprint, The Lumina Press, which he founded to serve as a vehicle for the publication of original works of graphic art, as well as limited edition books and portfolios.

Balkwill’s graphic art has been shown at numerous galleries and public exhibitions and he has received several awards for his work.  Ten Views from Lake Tahoe was supported by a generous grant from the Sierra Arts Foundation and his engravings were selected to appear in the Nevada Biennial ‘90.  Prints from the portfolio were also chosen for exhibition in American Realism ‘92, a prestigious national competition, and be was also honored with a Purchase Award from this event.  Balkwill’s graphic art has been acquired by numerous private and public collections.  The public collections include the special collections at Stanford University, the University of Nevada, Wellesley College and Brown University, among others.

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