Arlie Hoffman. Art Icon. 2011.
watercolour. 32.25 x 14.5 in.
As a bibliophile, especially of art books, I never contemplated incorporating books into my painting practice. Recently a charcoal portrait of me completed by a friend showed me with many books of painters I admire. This provided me with the idea and was underscored when I viewed outstanding paintings of books by Canadian painter Paul Beliveau. This Art Icon painting is my first exploration of book covers as a painting subject.
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