is not your usual library. It’s one of a different kind and most unique. Just love what LA artist Mike Stilkey does with books and paint. Mike brilliantly transforms books covers and spines with paint and glue. His balance between a whimsical and a dark style is very attractive. We know the deal – don’t throw away your books, alter them, create new art, use them. Brilliant book art I must say. He just recently had another solo show at the David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, CO/USA, view the article at Daily du Jour here. The New Yorker also had an article on Mike Stilkey’s Book Library here.
“Los Angeles native Mike Stilkey has always been attracted to painting and drawing not only on vintage paper, record covers and book pages, but on the books themselves. Using a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer, Stilkey depicts a melancholic and at times a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales. A lingering sense of loss and longing hints at emotional depth and draws the viewer into their introspective thrall with a mixture of capricious poetry, wit, and mystery. His work is reminiscent of Weimar-era German expressionism and his style has been described by some as capturing features of artists ranging from Edward Gorey to Egon Schiele.”