Mike Stilkey, aka “the man who paints on books” is an artist from Los Angeles who “has always been attracted to painting and drawing not only on vintage paper, record covers and book pages, but on the books themselves”. With the help of paint, colored pencils, ink and lacquer, Mike manages to create interesting artful scenes which complement the books’ story lines. His works are usually based on unusual characters inspired by fairy tales and fiction writings. We decided to dedicate a Freshome post to this original artist, because we appreciate the originality of this painting-on-books idea and we consider his projects something that most people would like to have in their living room bookcases. However, in the case of the mosaic paintings (last three photos) we do not know if it is possible to read the books after the artwork is finished. Would you consider having such a painting in your home?
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