The Book is a travelling exhibition organized by the Carleton University Art Gallery. It was shown at Carlton in 2010 and the Varley Art Gallery, Markham, in 2011. The exhibit will continue to the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina and the McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario in 2013. The paintings represent a ten-year survey of Wainios work with themes taken from fairy tales.
The large and impressive acrylic paintings present characters familiar from decades of reproduction, with an emphasis on Puss in Boots and Jack and the Beanstalk. Based on research into the history and evolution of fairytales, as well as inspiration from medieval manuscripts, the images explore both the history and styles of narrative illustration. The most recent paintings focus on early methods for the printed distribution of folktales, when original illustrations began to be reproduced as woodcuts or engravings.
Carol Wainio is based in Ottawa, Ontario, where she has taught painting at the University of Ottawa since 2003. She has an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada Council Art Bank and the Banff Centre Permanent Collection, among many others.