Born in Vancouver, Bill Horne studied painting and drawing at the Banff Centre and film animation at UBC. He has taught silkscreen printing at the Vancouver Native Education Centre, Kakali Handmade Papers and Island Mountain Arts, and paper-making at the National Art School in Managua, Nicaragua. For several years, he wrote a twice-monthly column about art and politics for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. From 2003 until 2005 he worked at the Naramata Centre as Director of the Summer Program.
Bill has exhibited his work across Canada, most recently at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George (see “Behind the Lines“in the menu bar above) and was part of the 1995 “Living at the End of Nation-State” and the 1996 New Works residencies at the Banff Centre, as well as a 1997 residency at Engramme in Québec City. In 2013 he won a professional development grant from Access © Foundation for a paper making apprenticeship with Juan Barbé of Eskulan in Basque Country in 2013. In April, 2015 he exhibited his work with Claire Kujundzic at GKo Gallery in Tolosa, Basque Country, and in September, 2016 at the Spanish Plant Pathology Congress in Palencia.
Bill likes to print on a wide range of materials, such as handmade paper, marble and hides, depending on his subject. He illustrated Queen of All the Dustballs, a collection of poems by Bill Richardson, and his Portrait of Norma and George Ryga appeared on the cover of Talonbooks’ 25th Anniversary Catalogue.
His Solidarity Series of photographs link cultural and wage workers to protest recent cuts to arts funding in BC. Bill’s Behind the Lines series of 3-D assemblages, which poses screen printed letters from MPs with related imagery, brings together his activism and art.
He designed BC photographer Chris Harris’ books Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Flyover, Motherstone, Barkerville, Tweedsmuir, Kamloops, Spirit in the Grass – The Cariboo-Chilcotin’s Forgotten Landscape, The Bowron Lakes – A Guide to Paddling British Columbia’s Wilderness Canoe Circuit, The Bowron Lakes – A Lifetime Journey, artist Norman Yates’ bilingual book Retrospace, and Derek Evans’ Before the War. He won an Alcuin Society Book Design award in 2009.
Bill is a Past President of Canadian Artists Representation/ le front des artistes canadiens BC, a past Western Vice-Representative for CARFAC National, and the 2013 Recipient of CARFAC’s National Advocacy Award. (French version here). Click for his interview on CBC Radio’s North By Northwest (about 1/3 of the way in). He won an Award of Excellence in the 7th NBC Meshtec Tokyo International Screen Print Biennale in 2019 (Scroll down to the post “Evolution of an abstract silkscreen print” on this blog’s home page.)
He lives in Wells, BC with Claire Kujundzic in the former Catholic church they have renovated as Amazing Space Studio & Gallery.