Art That Stacks Up

8 Oct

Club Creative Studio is always on the hunt for creativity topics and works of art to share.  Sometimes the creativity is focused on someone or something else other that featured work from Club Creative Studio’s design table.  It doesn’t seem to matter where  creativity comes from. CREATIVITY is always interesting to admire and achieve.

I can’t think of anything else in the workplace I would rather be doing than spending time creating and working on a daily output using creativity.  Most days, being creative is automatic. And although artistic challenges can also be problematic, those times are also times of creative growth.  I love my mantra of BEING CREATIVE EVERYDAY, creating ART THAT SETS YOU APART.

I recently contacted a Los Angeles, California native artist named Mike Stilkey, via e-mail after running across samples of his creative paintings. He definitely creates unique art as well.  I asked his permission to mention him in this particular blog because I have seen several photos of his original art and I know you will find his work interesting as well. Happily, he granted the permissions.  I only regret that I had the rest of the “interview” questions I also submitted to him answered personally.  Perhaps in time we can reconnect and I can add to this article. HINT, HINT, Mike!

Mike Stilkey art on book spines.

Mike uses a creative mix of ink, colored pencil, acrylic paint and lacquer on his art creations. His added creativity comes into play as he has an unusual canvas.  His artistic images are painted on the spines of stacked books!  He calls his art: “book sculptures”.  They are that and more…books and sculptures…paintings and 3-D murals as well. Stilkey forms his favorite images of humans and animals to delight the viewer in many ways.  He mentions on his website: http://www.mikestilkey.com that his work “depicts a melancholic and whimsical cast of characters inhibiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales.”

Mike Stilkey's paintings on book spines.

Information also noteworthy from his website, you can appreciate knowing that:
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.

His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally, at galleries and museums such as the Bristol City Museum in the UK, LeBasse Projects in Culver City, CA, Kinsey/DesForges Gallery in Culver City, CA, David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, CO, Gilman Contemporary Gallery, Ketchum, ID, and Rice University Gallery, Houston, TX.

Artistic installation display of painted book spines by Mike Stilkey.

Do you agree that this artist has a fantastic and unusually creative mind?  I have enjoyed admiring his art. 

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5 Responses to “Art That Stacks Up”

  1. clubcreativestudio October 9, 2011 at 3:51 AM #

    He (Mike) does have a cool style with arranging the books and painting on them as well. I was wondering about his book sculptures if the books were hollowed out and how are they attached together. I hope I can reconnect with him to find out those answers among many other questions.

  2. clubcreativestudio October 9, 2011 at 3:45 AM #

    I love this too! I can’t wait to share a few other sites that are including magazines into their art in creative ways. This is a fun topic to research.

  3. Kris October 9, 2011 at 1:43 AM #

    Wow, what amazing art work. Great to see magazines recycled in such a creative way

  4. Lakesha Brown (@uncommonchick) October 9, 2011 at 1:16 AM #

    I wholeheartedly agree that his work is fantastic and absolutely wonderful. Sometimes I wish I had this type of talent!

    His book sculptures are stunning!

    ~Kesha

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