Biography
James E. Walker is a Houston-based designer, artist, and illustrator who is best known for his album cover artwork, logo design, typography, and layout design work. He is also popular for his illustrative style of portraits and pattern design, which he refers to as “Abstrametrics.” James has produced work that has been displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Printing Museum, and the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Since 2015, Walker has volunteered his services as a muralist for the benefit of The Center for Hearing and Speech for their Annual Via Colori Street Painting Festival in Houston’s Downtown City Hall District. He has been commissioned to design for organizations and venues such as Better Homes and Gardens, Crouch Environmental, Nino Properties, Totoya Center, Match Houston, and MET Dance. Over the years, James has collaborated with several professional athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs like Cassius Vaughn, Denzel Rice, Sean Coffey, CJ Mosley, Charles Criner, K-Rino, Shawn Artis, and June Archer to name a few.

James studied at The Art Institute of Houston where he received an AAS in Graphic Design. Earlier in his career, he studied music production and audio engineering at Houston Community College and received a certification in Audio & Recording Technology.

Walker explores his creative process not only working in a digital software platform, but also with silkscreen printing onto wood and cotton fabrics, wood staining, pyrography, pastel chalk, acrylic paint markers, vinyl installation, photography, and digital printing.

Education
2013 Associate of Applied Science, The Art Institute of Houston, Graphic Design
2008 Certification, Houston Community College, Audio & Recording Technology

Instructor
2018 Design Assistant, The Art Institute of Houston, Graphic Design
2017 Online Instructor, Skillshare, New York, New York
2016 Mentorship, Art Expo & Coaching, The Art Institute of Houston

Corporate Collections
The Printing Museum (Houston, Texas)

Academic Collections
The Art Institute of Houston (Houston, Texas)

Private Collections
Charles Criner (Houston, Texas)
The Shawn Artis Gallery (Houston, Texas)

Publications/Books
June Archer, “Yes, You Can!” Illustration (2017)

Exhibitions
2018 Houston Museum of African American Culture, “Black Robots,” Houston
2018 Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Warehouse Live, Houston
2017 Via Colori Street Art Festival, Downtown Houston-City Hall
2017 MFAH, “19th Citywide African American Artists,” University Museum of TSU, Houston
2017 Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Warehouse Live, Houston
2016 Renaissential, “The Playlist,” The Brandon Gallery, Houston, Texas
2016 Via Colori Street Art Festival, Downtown Houston-City Hall
2016 The Art Itself, Hardy and Nance Studio
2016 Runway Houston Art and Fashion Show, The River Oaks District
2016 All Access Art Show, The Hess Club
2016 Carlos Hernandez, “It Came from the Bayou Show,” Saint Arnold Brewing, Houston
2016 The Printing Museum, “Misprints,” Saint Arnold Brewing, Houston
2015 Via Colori Street Art Festival, Downtown Houston-City Hall
2013 MFAH, “17th Citywide African American Artists,”  The Glassell - Houston

Press
Featured, Stop The Breaks, www.stopthebreaks.com, August 23, 2018
Interview, The Uptown Plug, www.uptownplug.com, October 17, 2018
Interview, Stop The Breaks, www.stopthebreaks.com, May 15, 2016
Interview, Bobby Phats’ The Groove, 90.1 KPFT, June 2013
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