(When we put shelves last year in I had a crazy idea of raising the ceiling into the roof and having two levels, like a mezzanine, of shelves, a bit like something out of a Jules Verne book - you know those be-whiskered men who always have wonderful studies full of leather bound books, telescopes, globes, stuffed animals, a brandy balloon, a sextant, lots of framed maps etc. Like that. People looked at me like I was insane when I suggested it.)
I have the same feeling when I am in a bookshop, all those wonderful titles and covers, just waiting to be devoured. Or perhaps it is because really, aside from what is inside, like a magical package, the outside of a book is also often a thing of beauty.
Important note: all of the images in this post are paintings, not photographs, mostly oil or acrylic on canvas.
First up, Donald Bradford, an artist originally from California. Amongst other things, he paints piles of books and also open books.
You can see more Donald Bradford here.
His foreshortened books make me think of this painting, Mantegna's Lamentation over the Dead Christ (c.1480). When you realise that the Gothic flat no perspective style was still being practiced over many parts of Europe at this time the revolutionary nature of this image really hits you. Of course pedants point out that a truly foreshortened image would have meant that the feet were enormous, large enough to block the rest of the body. This is in the Brera gallery in Milan. Worth seeing in real life, as they say.
These works are by Holly Farrell. She also does paintings of hats, couches, shoes, bowls etc, which sounds mundane but is not. See her work here.
These photorealistic paintings are by Paul Beliveau, a Canadian. Some of his works are found here.
Here are some works from last year:
These are by Jane Mount who also sells good value prints of her work on Etsy.