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3/24/11

State Of The Art

The artwork of Paul Beliveau inspires and amazes me for so many reasons.  For starters, these are paintings, not photographs!  That fact alone is enough to transfix me to these images.  Another, is the subject matter.  I often feel ambivalent about the future of books as we know them today.  As an avid reader, I adore my new iPad for the convenience and even the environmental factor, but the luddite in me has a house chock full of book cases filled to the brim.  And, there will always be a place in my heart for coffee table books.  However, a recent road trip with my husband sparked an interesting conversation about the future of libraries. Will these be categorized one day, along with the likes of the horseshoe smithy or tinkerer? Will books be antiques, remembered only in beautiful paintings like these?
Images via: StricoffFineArt

24 comments:

  1. Lovely artwork! So different & unexpected!
    xx
    Joanna

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  2. How unique. Love the colours.

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  3. These are amazing! A subject close to my own heart! What a labor of love!
    I hope books will be forever a part of our lives, maybe less so then now but not gone altogether! There is a tactile an sensual part to a book, that can simply not be transferred through electronic media.

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  4. I just can't believe that these are paintings and not photographs...it is unreal!! what amazing talent..and such a great subject...i , for one, believe that books will always be there..i love my ipad too..but reading a real book..dog-earing pages.. is a different experience altogether..lovely post, susan..do check out my runway to room post today!! xx meenal

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  5. Sensational! I can't believe those aren't photographs - what talent and imagination! These paintings would serve as historical documents if ever books went the way of the 8-track cassette...
    xxoo

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  6. I can't get over the fact that these aren't photographs. Such talent. Absolutely beautiful.

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  7. I can't believe these are paintings...Incredible! I will always love books...I hope that I am instilling that same love in my kiddos so they don't ever go away! (c:

    P.S. I am featuring your gorgeous home on my blog today (linking back to you, naturally)...hope you don't mind!

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  8. Such a thought-provoking post. The art is unbelievable, I would have never known the images weren't photos if you hadn't told me. And I feel the exact same way about books as you do. I love my Kindle and think I read even more now than before I bought it. But I love books so much in their true form. I would hate to see them all go virtual...but know I am contributing to that path by eating them up on my own reading device!

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  9. WOW ! I had no idea they wre painting and not photos. That's serious talent !

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  10. As you can imagine this is a subject of personal interest for me! The book industry is indeed struggling but I hope there will always be a want and need for the printed page in all forms - books, magazines, newspapers, but especially books. Books are an art form that clearly the very talented Mr. Beliveau appreciates. Perhaps he will inspire others in his acknowledgement of its value!!

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  11. I can not believe those are paintings- just amazing. I have that talk about books with my teenager all the time- in just one generation, I already see them lagging behind the instant gratification of media etc...so sad- I adore a real book.

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  12. "Will these be categorized one day, along with the likes of the horseshoe smithy or tinkerer?"

    Oh that struck terror in my heart! Books and libraries must continue or we shall lose our culture and devolve back into Neanderthals!

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  13. It is difficult to grasp the concept that those are paintings and not photographs. Wow.
    We were discussing a similar subject with some friends the other day. I feel as you do about books (being an avid reader and book lover as well). I keep on visiting the local library in the hopes that it doesn't go "out of business". Books are so dear to me. Great post!

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  14. Wow! That's incredible!

    I often wonder about books. Are paperbacks going to be what leatherbound is to us? Rare, novel, and something to photograph?

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  15. I love, love books. The feel, the smell... There's just no good replacement for them.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  16. You can't smell and e-reader, or break it's spine, or press flowers in its' pages....You can't pass it down through generations with lovely dates and inscriptions.....you can't keep personal notes on or in the pages...There is so much that is the "book experience"...I hope that it is enough to keep them around awhile longer....k

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  17. a book can never be replaced, that said-there will be those that prefer a pad- that is sad. I could launch in to Seussian speak here- but it's not the same as the book. the paintings I will say are exciting-I can not imagine a pile of pads looking nearly as good. hope everyone will go out and buy a book tomorrow!

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  18. Those are *paintings*?
    WOW.
    I don't think books will ever be replaced. God, I hope not.

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  19. How unique is this? I love books and while the kindle is great, i have to have books around me. Nothing like the weight of a book:-)

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  20. Fabulous artwork! Wow! Not photos? Amazing. I recently had the same conversation with my husband and friends. I often wonder the fate of books/libraries. I love reading an actual book, I haven't made the "switch" just yet although I see the many appeals of electronic methods.

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  21. Two things: I'll now be adding 'luddite' to my vocabulary. That was a new one for me. And second, you need to take a peek at the work of Sharon Moody. Sharonmoody.com She is of similar style, a professor at Georgetown University and my neighbor.

    Oh, I guess I have 3 things: As a passonate bibliophile, I feared Kindle and the direction technology was taking us. I love to feel, smell, hold books. Enter Roxanne' new iPad. Since my eyes are 48 years old (just my eyes, nothing more), I find the backlit screen might be the undoing of my rigid stance. Thanks for a great post.

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  22. these are amazing! what talent! wow!!! And I love my e-readers - especially the kindle - but nothing will entirely replace books for me. Especially coffee table and art books. It just isn't the same.

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  23. can NOT believe they are not photos. love these, sue...

    donna

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