This work was inspired by a visit to England a little while ago, where I saw those familiar, old red telephone boxes re-purposed into free libraries where passers-by can take or leave a book. For this painting I wanted to explore that literary connection, but play with the idea of the booth as an ornament among the old books. Instead of a brass or silver sculpture, I opted to keep the brilliant red to contrast with the more subdued colours of the rest of the piece.
Booth Library Bookend is an original acrylic painting on 10 x 10 inch triple-primed, 11 oz pre-stretched canvas, back-wrapped on 1-1/2 inch deep stretcher bars.
The subject matter is diverse for each of my paintings – basically, whatever strikes my fancy – yet they all have a familiar, whimsical, illustrative quality to them. My paintings have found new homes across Canada, in the United States, Germany and England.
With the 1-1/2 inch depth, the painting can hang without frames and appear to have some weight to it. Edges are painted.