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Artist’s paintings on discarded library books tell an evocative story

Stilkey utilizes a mix of ink, coloured pencil, paint and lacquer to realize his vibrant pieces, which often feature fantastical and fanciful images of people and animals, thanks to earlier influences from “Weimar-era German expressionism.”

By Kimberley Mok - Source: http://www.treehugger.com
Art © Mike Stilkey

Art © Mike Stilkey

With the increasing popularity of electronic readers, many are predicting that books will go the way of the dinosaur soon. Nevertheless, books are still as popular as ever; and even if they do become irrelevant, they can still be re-used in imaginative ways, be it for installations, furniture or stylish lamps.

Old books can also become an artist’s canvas. Los Angeles-based painter Mike Stilkey re-uses books that he salvages from library dumpsters as canvases for his large-scale works, stacking them up and painting directly on their spines.

© Mike Stilkey

© Mike Stilkey

© Mike Stilkey

© Mike Stilkey

Stilkey utilizes a mix of ink, coloured pencil, paint and lacquer to realize his vibrant pieces, which often feature fantastical and fanciful images of people and animals, thanks to earlier influences from “Weimar-era German expressionism.”

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