I have an edition of 20 signed and and numbered 6 colour screen prints of the snowy owl painting from Northwest Passage available. I'll be setting up an online store in the coming weeks, in the meantime feel free to email me if are interested in one of these! My friends at Kid Icarus here in Toronto did a great job! Here are some photos of the printing process!
WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY MATT JAMES
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank’s funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before. While not all questions can be answered, when the day is over Norma is certain of one thing — Uncle Frank would have enjoyed his funeral.
This sensitive and life-affirming story will lead young readers to ask their own questions about life, death and how we remember those who have gone before us.
★ "Enveloping and original, James' authorial debut offers an honest exploration of a difficult and delicate subject. Exceptional." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
★ "James uniquely and playfully captures the particularities of a child’s perspective." — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
★ "Witnessing the acceptance of varied reactions to death and the elements of memorial will help children prepare for or reflect upon their first funeral. A notable portrayal." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
★ ”Matt James's (I Know Here) quiet, child's-eye view of a funeral, with all its mysterious rituals and traditions, is a pitch-perfect introduction to a sometimes-difficult theme. . . . [A] graceful, beautifully illustrated picture book about death, customs and emotions.” —Shelf Awareness , STARRED REVIEW
★ "In his first outing as author, Canadian artist James examines the way the funeral of a distant relative feels to a child. . . . [the story] traces with a big heart the way she makes sense of this puzzling event." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
★ “[A] book that gives young viewers a glimpse of the funeral experience but tacitly champions their right to process it in their own way.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, STARRED REVIEW
Earlier this month I spent a magical week in the Northwest Territories. I spent a few hours each day hanging out and making art with students from Tuktoyaktuk,Aklavik, Inuvik and Yellowknife. What a trip! Beauty.
Waterloo Region Record on Jan. 11/14
I was the 2013 artist for the TD Summer Reading Club. I created more than 100 images for print and the web. Here are a few of my favourites.
A fun afternoon spent with my filmy pal, Chris. The results weren't exactly spectacular, but here they are anyhow. Kinda cool, I think.