After art school in Toronto, Alan studied at Burleighfield School in England under Patrick Reyntiens, OBE, Head of Central School of Art, London.

In 1988 he established a painting studio and The Church Street Press in Parry Sound, Ontario. At The Church Street Press Alan hand prints fine art, limited edition books, illustrated with his own wood engravings

Over the years Alan has exhibited his books and paintings in public galleries in Canada. He has received many awards, including First Prize for Book Design in Canada from the Alcuin Society.

Alan is an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Society of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild.

His most recent limited edition books feature collaborations with Canadian authors; Al Purdy, Douglas LePan, P.K. Page and Michael Crummey.

Alan divides his time between Georgian Bay in Ontario and Trinity Bight on the Bonavista Peninsula in Newfoundland.

Alan is represented in Canada by the Roberts Gallery, Toronto, the Masters Gallery, Calgary, and Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s.

Alan is a painter and a printmaker, concentrating on pastels and charcoal on paper, limited edition books, with his own illustrations in wood engraving or stone lithography.



1970-74         Fine Arts, Humber College, New School of Art, Toronto.                     
1976               Burleighfield School Great Britain, studied with Patrick Reyntiens OBE, head of Central School                          of Art, London.

Studio Experience

1977-87         Personal glass studio, Toronto                                                                               
1984-87         Head designer The Glass Studio                                                              
1987               Established The Church Street Press, painting studio, Parry Sound


1973-85         Humber College, Sheridan College, Toronto Board of Education      Ontario College of Art


1993               Reflections Grant, Ont. Ministry of Culture and Communication       
1976               Ontario Arts Council; study grant
1993               Individual visual arts grant
1999               OAC Fine Crafts grant
1994, 2001, 2005     Exhibition assistance grants, 
2001               OAC Special Project grant, “Ink Paper Lead…” 
2006               Canada Council: Travel Grant, Leipzig, Germany 

2015               Exhibition assistance grant

2016               OAC, Northern Arts grant

Upcoming Exhibitions


"The Arts & Letters Club", a curated group exhibition, Heather Haynes Gallery, Gananoque Ontario, curated by Dennis O'Connor. April 6 - April 30, 2018. Opening April 6

"Greenland and Labrador Sketches", a series of 36 pencil and crayon sketches made on a recent expedition with Adventure Canada. Arts & Letters Club Toronto. Public Opening March 25, 2018 to April 20, 2018

'Wood Engravings and Charcoal drawings from 'Viewfinder', poems by Michael Crummey. English Harbour Arts Centre, Newfoundland. July 16, 2017

'Revisiting the Rural, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John's Newfoundland. July 13, 2017

'On Spirit Lake", book launch, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto fall 2018

New work, Rooftops Spain and Portugal, Newfoundland Georgian Bay, Roberts Gallery, November 18, 2017

Images At Nightfall, exhibition of paintings and live performance projections, in conjunction with the Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario. July 21 - August 13 2017


Solo Exhibitions 

2017              Viewfinder, the making of a hand printed book, English Harbour Arts Centre, NL.

2016              Recent Travels In Italy, Masters Gallery, Calgary Alberta

2016              Newfoundland, Prairies, Georgian Bay, Roberts Gallery, Toronto

2015              Harbours, Christina Parker Gallery St. John's NL

2015              Viewfinder, the making of a hand printed book, Grimsby Public Art Gallery

2014             Viewfinder, the making of a hand printed book, and launch, Arts & Letters Club Toronto

2013              On the Road in Italy, Revisiting New York City, The Scottish Highlands, Roberts Gallery

2012              Cityscapes, Masters Gallery, Calgary

2011               Quiet Snow, Amsterdam Canals   Roberts Gallery Toronto
2011               Reefs:Water:Rocks                 Bohemia, Barrie, Ontario
2010               Alan Stein                             The Lodge on Amherst Island

2009               Georgian Bay, Petrushka, Further Explorations, Roberts Gallery,

2007               Venice – Georgian Bay         Roberts Gallery, Toronto                 

2007               Place, Reflections on Venice and Georgian Bay  StationGallery, Parry Sound                

2005               Into the Night                         Roberts Gallery, Toronto

2004               In Town – On the Bay            Station Gallery, Parry Sound

2003               New Work pastels on paper           Roberts Gallery, Toronto

2001               Paris Day & Night                            Roberts Gallery, Toronto

2000-01         Home Country, Parry Sound Museum, Latcham Gallery, 

1997-98         In Mexico, Toronto Reference Library, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas Grimsby Public Art Gallery

1995               Inner Islands-Outer Islands WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay 


Group Exhibitions


2017              Revisiting The Rural, Christina Parker Gallery July 13 - August 31

2016              Uncovering Artists Books, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, travelling exhibit

2015              Gallery Beaux Arts des Ameriques, Montreal, RCA new members exhibition

2015              Christina Parker Gallery, St. John's Newfoundland 3 person summer exhibition

2015              30th Anniversary exhibition Aird Gallery

2014              Festival of Seven, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Tom Smart curator

2013              A Death Greatly Exaggerated, Canada's Thriving Small and Fine Press, Thomas Fisher Rare

                        Book Library, University of Toronto

2013              Lost Voices, live performance projections, Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound

2013              Continuum Contemporary OSA, Aurora Cultural Centre

2012              140th Anniversary OSA Aurora Cultural Centre

2011               Art Gallery of Windsor, Ont. BookFest  2010,           
2011               OSA annual open exhibition, Juror
2000-15         Annual Sketches exhibition,               Roberts Gallery           
2010               Beyond Words                                  Carnegie Gallery Dundas

2010               Breadth 2010, Arts & Letters Club members Roberts Gallery, 
2010               85th Anniversary of CSPWC  Arts & Letters Club, curated B. Mitchell

2010               Sense of Place                    G7 Summit Centre Huntsville Ont.

2010               Scandanavian Suite, live performance projections - Festival of the Sound                      
2009               Poetry Broadsides, TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library 

2009               Petrushka, live performance projections Festival of the Sound

2009              Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, Juror

National & International

Venues & Touring







2016               Al Purdy Was Here, documentary film by Brian Johnson, featuring wood engravings from                                  'Home Country' launch TIFF, showing across Canada and international Film Festivals.

2009               Ex Libris                                MacLaren Art Gallery, Barrie          
2008               100 Years of Art at the Arts & Letters Club Varley Art Gallery,

2008-09         Art of the Book ‘08    National touring exhibition

2008               Vseradice International Artists Symposium, Czech Republic  

2006               Stifung Buchkunst               Frankfurt, Leipzig, Germany   

2005-10         Impressions of Massasauga Park, C.W. Stockey Centre, Parry Sound                               

2005               Beyond the Book                              Grimsby Public Art Gallery

2004-05         Alcuin Society, Exhibition of Excellence in Book Design in    Canada Emily Carr Institute of                                 Design. WAC Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, Redpath Library, McGill. University of                               Alberta. Design Exchange, Toronto. Memorial Library. Acadia University. Third Prize 

 2003-04         Art of the Book ’03 York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Organized    by CBBAG, National touring                           exhibit,     Juror

2002-10         Painted Sound                                  Charles W. Stockey Centre

2002-03         Ink Paper Lead, Board Leather Thread    Touring exhibition Canada Trust Gallery, Toronto                                  Reference Library, W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library, Queens University Kingston. Gallery                        Stratford, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph

2001-05         Drawing                                             John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto                    

2001               The Eye and The Hand                   Etobicoke Civic Art Gallery First Prize

2001-02         Alcuin Society, Exhibition of Excellence in Book Design in Canada Vancouver Craft Museum,                            Acadia University, Emily Carr Institute of Design, Redpath Library, McGill     First prize   

2001               The Book an Evolution in Meaning.  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia                      
2000-02         SCA Open Juried Exhibition          John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2001               The Library Project                          University of Manitoba
2000               A Brush With History, 75th Anniversary Exhibit CSPWC Art Gallery of Mississauga
2000               Arts 2000, RCA juried exhibit,       Gallery Stratford                               
1999               If you go down in the woods today… Works by members of the North American Wood                                         Engravers NetworkLine Gallery, Scotland                    
1998               Artist Members Exhibition of Contemporary Bookworks Centre for Book Arts, NYC. Connecticut                        University, USA
1998-99         Art of the Book ’98  National touring exhibit Organized by CBBAG,     Fine Printing                                              Award
1995-97         Fine Printing: the Private Press in Canada National touring exhibit, opening Thomas Fischer                              Rare Book Library
1993-05         Open Water annual CSPWC         John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto (juried)

Hand Printed
Limited Edition
Artist Books

2015                 Viewfinder 18 selected poems by Michael Crummey, 20 wood engravings 88pgs edition 50                               copies

2009                 The Golden Lilies, Eight new glosas by P.K. Page, edition 50, 10 wood- engravings.                                             dedication and launch ‘PK Page - Irwin Room' Trent University
2007                 In Venice, compiled by Alan Stein. edition 15,  5 stone lithographs, 32 pages
2005                 In Smoke, Ten Variations on Eugenio Montale, by Gary Michael Dault, edition 80, 4 wood                                   engravings, 38 pages
2001                 Say the Names, by Al Purdy. edition 5, 1 wood engraving 6 pages
2000                 Home Country, by Al Purdy. edition 105, 13 wood engravings 101 pages. o/p
1998                 Towards the Open, Georgian Bay Poems, by Douglas LePan edition 75, 10wood engravings,                          62 pages, o/p
1996                 In Mexico, by Al Purdy. edition 50, 10 woodengravings, 80 pages, o/p
1994                 Islands, compiled by Alan Stein. edition 50, 17 wood engravings 40 pages, o/p


Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA)

Ontario Society of Artists (OSA)

Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild.

Centre for Book Arts, NYC

Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, past director (CSPWC)

Society of Canadian Artists. (SCA)

Wood Engravers Network of North America. 

Festival of the Sound, past president

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, fine arts committee

Selected Collections

National Library of Canada, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Massey College and Victoria Library, University of Toronto; Toronto Reference Library; McGill Univ. Library Rare Book Collection. Redpath Collection, Montreal; MacKimmie Library, Univ. of Calgary; Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, Univ. of Alberta; Libraries at UBC; Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, B.C., Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Government of Ontario Art Collection. Four Seasons Hotels, Irving Oil Inc. Queens University Libraries

USA:   New York City Public Library, Rare Book Dept.; Wellesley College Library, NY. 

International: National Library of Ireland; National Library of New Zealand, Book and Type Museum, Leipzig. National Library of Germany. Vseradice, Czech Republic. Meermanno Museum, The Hague, Netherlands


Exploring New Landscapes For Inspiration, Sideroads & Shorelines, Charlotte Stein 2017

Sideroads of Parry Sound, 'Al Purdy Was Here', Charlotte Stein. March 2016

Sideroads of Parry Sound, 'New Life for Old Art', Patti Vipond. March 2015

Georgian Bay Today, 'Memory and Reality' Peter Wood. Winter/Spring 2015

Amphora #168, Of Poetry Engravings and Books, by Tom Smart        Fall     2014

Sideroads of Parry Sound, New Life For an Old Art, by Patti Vipond,     March 2015

Georgian Bay Today,  Memory and Reality, by Peter Wood,              winter    2014-15

DA #74,  How to illustrate a poem, by Lisa Moore,  Now I'm one of the Old Guys,                         by Alan Stein, checklist of published works                                                         2014

 Lori Steiner,  Arabella, Canadian Art, Architecture, Design magazine Fall       2011

Gryski, Chester         Wayzgoose, Amphora, Alcuin Society     #155 July        2010

Smart, Thomas         Dreaming of Dorsets, Saint John Telegraph Journal         2010

Stein, Alan                Amphora #147, “Alphabet Stories” Herman Zapf             2007

Fraser, Lynn             Canadian Bookseller magazine                                           2006

Arseneau, Laura      Beyond the Book                                                                  2005   

Dault, Gary Michael, Globe & Mail ‘At the Galleries’ review                               2003

Donelly, Judy                       Devils Artisan #52                                                  2003

Ink Paper Lead, Board Leather Thread, catalogue Coach House Press            2002

Lichen, Spring                                                                                                        2001

Govier, Katherine,    Devil’s Artisan                                                                     2001

Purdy, Al. “The 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay”. Imperial Oil Review            1999

Queens Quarterly, volume 103, #2                                                                     1999

Represented By


 Roberts Gallery Toronto,

Masters Gallery, Calgary, 

Christina Parker Gallery, St John's