Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Art of Mike Stilkey

It’s always good to see artists repurposing what others throw out to make gorgeous art, and in this case I’m particularly happy as Mike Stilkey turns old books into some really gorgeous installation art.

Using paint, acrylic, ink, and colored pencils on old books, Stilkey turns their covers, pages, and spines into unique canvasses. His work features the same recurring figures of bearded men, the same angular raven-haired woman, drinking, smoking, and animals. But what drew me in to his work the most was that all of his figures shared similar distortions and ghoulish blue-grey hue to Picasso’s Blue Period. Needless to say, there is something quite striking about his figures in their languid melancholy.

Have a gander at some of his work below, in particular be sure to check out the photos of his 5,000 book installation at the Rice Gallery.

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