BOOK PAINTINGS BY MIKE STILKEY

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By Neha Thakur

Since 2006, Los Angeles-based Artist Mike Stilkey uses the covers of books reclaimed from library trash heaps as a canvas for his whimsical paintings. “Most libraries have thousands and thousands of books that they can throw away at any time,” Stilkey said. Painting on books adds an extra layer of meaning because of the objects’ history, he says: “I’m putting my story on someone else’s story, and the book itself has a story – where it’s been, who’s read it. It’s basically narrative on narrative”

Some of his most famous artworks are:

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