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My Father’s Books – SOLD

This brand new piece with 25 literary butterflies will be available to view at The Watergate Street Gallery in Chester as part of their Christmas exhibition. THIS IS NOW SOLD

‘My Father’s Books’ is a series of artworks dedicated to my English teacher father’s literary collection. Dad was an English teacher. MY English teacher!! As a committed bookworm he collected literature all his life. As a child I was curious of his collection and the worlds that lay within. Not having the space for a library, ‘My Father’s Books’ is my attempt to capture the atmosphere of that collection. The well thumbed covers, worn edges and guilty coffee stains are all present as each book is transformed into a swallowtail butterfly. Giclée printed onto 310 gram archival paper each one is painstakingly hand cut and finished before creating the 3 dimensional composition. The butterflies are then encapsulated between two frames. The outer a moulded charcoal or ivory frame and the inner an ivory or charcoal slip frame. These frames were chosen as they bear resemblance to the cases that held the butterfly collections at the Natural History Museum that I visited as a child.
Creating the artworks brings back memories of my own childhood and gives me a sense of well being.

This particular piece is 57 cm x 57 cm and has 25 butterflies, approximately 5 cm wide. Classics include ‘The Women of Rome’, ‘The Idiot’, ‘War and Peace’ and others. Presented in a distressed ivory frame and a charcoal slip frame. For commissions with your preference of books, mount and frame colour please get in touch either by email or ring on 07714684562. Thanks