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The Art of Reading

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© Courtesy of the artist & 69 Smith Street Gallery
The Art of Reading

69 Smith St.
Fitzroy
3066 Melbourne
Australia
May 1st, 2013 - May 19th, 2013

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.69smithstreet.com.au/
COUNTRY:  
Australia
EMAIL:  
69smithstgallery@gmail.com
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 11-5; Sun 12-5

DESCRIPTION

Books have always been a central part of my life. “The Art of Reading” has been inspired by this passion, and apprehension about the threat imposed on traditional media by the digital revolution. A home without books feels like a very sterile place.

Reading books is not enough for me—I want to own and savour my favourites. I love to rearrange them, sometimes by size or subject matter. My own large, eclectic collection has become a safety hazard as it spreads through my apartment.

My paintings observe readers and books in different settings. They seek to emphasise an easy familiarity – an association between old friends. Reproducing photographs of real life situations in an abstract and figurative style distorts the characters and creates an evocative atmosphere bonding books to readers.