Leonard Cohen: A Woodcut Biography
Leonard Cohen: A Woodcut Biography
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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: George A. Walker
Audience: Trade
Specs: 82 black and white wood engravings, bibliography
Pages: 192
Trim Size: 5 1/2" X 8 3/4" X 7/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20200901
Copyright Year: 2020
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Leonard Cohen: A Woodcut Biography

About the previous edition:
"Definitely succeeds as an art book, thanks to the quality of Walker's engravings; and as a collectible for Cohen fans, thanks to how well the artist captures his subject."
--Foreword Reviews

In Leonard Cohen, master engraver George A. Walker offers new perspectives on the life and artistic accomplishments of a poet and musician who has captivated generations for six decades and whose influence circles the globe still.

Arranged chronologically, the engravings depict scenes from Cohen's many and varied creative endeavors, including poetry, novels, singing and songwriting. The book also presents portraits of some of the many famous characters who shared Cohen's life and friendship, from poets Irving Layton and Allan Ginsberg, to musicians Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and celebrated artist Andy Warhol.

Best read to music, Leonard Cohen presents images of Cohen's iconic public persona alongside vivid interpretations of his ever-evolving work. The engravings compose a biographical mosaic that invites readers to contemplate the public perception of Cohen's critical and commercial acclaim. Some scenes are drawn from history, others from Walker's imagination. The images encourage us to search beyond the visual elements and to see in them a poem, a song, a meaningful turn of phrase. They urge us to consider Cohen's life and work through the lens of our own experience.

Leonard Cohen was conceived as a celebration of Cohen's eightieth birthday and was first published as a limited edition of eighty copies hand printed at Walker's studio in Toronto. This revised edition has 2 additional engravings.


George A. Walker holds an MA in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York University. He is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University where he teaches book-related arts in the Printmaking program. He is the author of the popular how-to book, The Woodcut Artist's Handbook, now in its second edition. He is recognized for Graphic Witness, his art history book on wordless novels. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2002 in recognition of his achievements in Canadian Book Arts.

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