By the Book: Stanford Kay

26 Jun

I don’t always read Artist Statements but sometimes one just describes the artist’s work and vision so perfectly that I don’t feel like there is any way my words can improve upon it.  Such is the case of New York artist Stanford Kay.  His artist statement was so completely lovely, I’d like to let him speak for his own work.

What I Know About Her, acrylic on canvas, 50×60

“At first, there is paint and desire. Paint is applied, removed, and applied again.  It makes suggestions. It is edited without mercy. The image and the need to signify arrive later. Books as images within these paintings offer formal modernist possibilities while also serving as an embodiment of content.”

Bacillus, acrylic on canvas, 36×40

Secret Passage, acrylic on canvas, 36×40

“Both paintings and books are vessels for ideas, experience and memory.  The books we read and the paintings we love and choose to live with, 
define us.  A book requires the reader to assemble images and ideas out of its signs and symbols. Likewise, a painting asks that you translate its strokes and drips into reason and emotion.” — Stanford Kay

Legends of the West, acrylic on canvas, 36×48

To see more of Stanford Kay’s work, please visit his website.  Doesn’t his work make you want to cozy up in a library and read all day?

Featured image is What I Know About Her ( detail ).  All images are via the artist’s website.

11 Responses to “By the Book: Stanford Kay”

  1. naimeless June 26, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    This is beautiful! I also think you’re right, his words are just perfect.

  2. 35andupcynicismonhold June 26, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    It’s my first time to see books as the subject of paintings. he’s so clever! 🙂 thanks for sharing…

  3. the organic artist June 26, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    where is the “LOVE” button!
    Thnx Lesley!

  4. Faires Fine Art June 26, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Again….you have managed to share a beautiful post: books in a painting…..ahhhhh, heaven to me…could one ask for more??? I think not!

    Thank you so much for your continual contribution to the blog world…..a world I am now blessed to be a part of.

    Have a lovely day,

    k i m b y

    • Lesley June 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      What wonderful words to read! Thanks so much, Kimby. I’m truly humbled. 🙂

  5. Nicole June 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I love this!!! I couldn’t agree more with his statement, “Both paintings and books are vessels for ideas, experience and memory. The books we read and the paintings we love and choose to live with, define us.” It’s so true!

    • Lesley June 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      As both a lover of art and books, I wholeheartedly agree, Nicole! 😉

  6. emocrippled June 27, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Reblogged this on emocrippled.

    • Lesley June 27, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks for reblogging!


  7. Jo Howe June 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on Jo is Howeunique and commented:
    Another great find from the creative explorer that is Artsy Forager… This one especially appeals… For obvious reasons!

    • Lesley June 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      Thanks so much for reblogging, Jo! Isn’t it interesting how many artists gain such inspiration from books? Love what Stanford Key had to say about the correlation.


Share your artsy thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: