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Mike Stilkey

Los Angeles-native Mike Stilkey has always been attracted to painting and drawing, not only on vintage paper, record covers, and book pages but on the books themselves. Using a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint, and lacquer, Stilkey depicts a melancholic and at times whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales. A lingering sense of loss and longing hints at emotional depth and draws the viewer into their introspective thrall with a mixture of capricious poetry, wit, and mystery. His work is reminiscent of Weimar-era German expressionism, and his style has been described by some as capturing features of artists ranging from Edward Gorey to Egon Schiele.