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.
But it is not just the talent that set Stilkey apart from everyone else. Artist Mike Stilkey has created a series of book sculptures in which he paints fantastical animal and human characters directly on stacks of books. He talks about his process in this 3-part interview with Fully Booked (part 1, part 2, and part 3).
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