About

Artist Statement
Sometimes I write when I’m upon the clouds, floating in silence, and this is how it sounds when I think aloud. I am an artist both day and night, juggling the hats of being multi-disciplined early on in life. What seems like a struggle, and even a curse at times, I’ve discovered is really my true purpose in life. Everything I do now is the same as I’ve always done as a child… be an artist. I create art because it is the only way for me to hear my true voice, the only way to put the thoughts of hopelessness to rest. I have become my own healer because making art is therapeutic for me. While working in one discipline my mind races as if the hamster is literally running through my skull, one idea after another all bouncing off of the other. Music, art, printmaking, painting… Damn! Why can’t I just decide on one craft to pursue? Some people want to know what my music looks like, while others want to know what my art sounds like. Therefore, when I sit down to create I feel that my responsibility to the world is to simply score a visual soundtrack for my viewers to tap into. I hope to strike a sensation of nerves that will transport them through a nostalgic episode of life like a keepsake.
Artist Bio
James E. Walker is an African-American freelance designer, illustrator, and multi-disciplinary artist that is active in graphic design, digital illustration, printmaking, photography, painting, mixed media, music production, songwriting, and poetry. He specializes in logo design, brand development, apparel design, posters, album covers, and layout design. 
He completed a 2-year program in Audio & Recording Technology and Music Business at Houston Community College in 2008. While working as an audio engineer, songwriter, and music producer for the next 2 years under the alias, The Real J. Walker!, his design interests developed as he took over the art direction for his record label and began freelancing as a designer in 2010. By 2013, he earned an Associate’s of Applied Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Houston. He now freelances full-time as a graphic designer, illustrator, and screenprinter from his studio in Houston, Texas.
James’ work has complimented both the interior and exterior design layouts for many of the The Printing Museum’s exhibitions, such as, The Washington Printmakers, Messengers of the Posada Influence, Ranch Gates of the South West, Diamond Leaves: Printing in Progress, Contemporary Arabic Graffiti & Lettering, An American Visual Language, and The Legacy of the Kelsey Press. James has worked with both established independent brands and award winning corporate companies like Crouch Environmental, Nino Properties, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, The Breakfast Klub, Charles Criner, K-Rino, and The Shawn Artis Gallery.
Additionally, his graphic art, paintings, and screenprinting work has been selected and featured in the Annual Via Colori Street Painting Festival (2015-2016), The PlayList: A Pop Up Show & Gallery at The Brandon Gallery (2016), The Houston Rockets Season Opener Front Entrance at Toyota Center (2016), It Came from the Bayou & Montrose Print Market, both at the Saint Arnold Brewery (2016), Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Warehouse Live (2016-2017), and MFAH Citywide African American Artists Exhibition at the Glassell School of Art (2013).
Curriculum Vitae
Education
2017 - Certificate of Completion in Screen Printing
McBee’s Supply Training Facility
2013 - Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design
The Art Institute of Houston - Houston, Texas
2008 - Certificate of Completion in Audio Recording Technology and Music Business
Houston Community College
Honors
Dean’s List Honor Roll, The Art Institute of Houston
Recepient of Merit Scholarship, The Art Institute of Houston
Group Exhibitions
2017 Pancakes & Booze Art Show | Warehouse Live, Houston, Texas
2017 heART & Soul 8th Year Anniversary: Art, Dance & Poetry Show | 2020, Houston, Texas
2016 Via Colori Street Painting Festival | City Hall, Downtown Houston, Texas  
2016 The Playlist: A Pop Up Show & Gallery | The Brandon Gallery, Houston, Texas
2016 NBA Houston Rockets Mural with Via Colori | Toyota Center, Houston, Texas 
2016 The Art Itself | Hardy & Nance Studios, Houston, Texas
2016 Runway Houston Art and Fashion Show | The River Oaks District, Houston, Texas
2016 All Access Art Show | The Hess Club, Houston, Texas 
2016 ARTivism | Montrose Cultural Center, Houston, Texas
2016 Buy Black Market Place | The Shrine Cultural Center, Houston, Texas 
2016 Pancakes and Booze Warehouse Live, Houston, Texas
2016 heART & Soul Art, Dance, & Poetry Show | 2020, Houston, Texas
2016 Art-Op Show | The House, Houston, Texas
2016 Art Expo & Art Talk | The Art Institute of Houston, Houston, Texas
2016 Beer & Chips Art Show | 11 Below Brewery, Houston, Texas
2016 Montrose Print Market | Saint Arnold Brewery, Houston, Texas
2016 It Came From the Bayou | Saint Arnold Brewery, Houston, Texas
2015 Via Colori Street Painting Festival | City Hall, Downtown Houston, Texas
2013 Citywide African American Artists Exhibition | Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
2013 Art Crawl | Houston, Texas


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