Mike Stilkey Books as canvas

Los Angeles-based artist Mike Stilkey uses books as building blocks in installations and as the canvas for his paintings.

"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."