art by Scott ‘Tofu’ St. John

Chaekgeori – Books and Things

2020 - 2022

In 2020, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum posted a brief video online and I discovered Chaekgeori — it’s a Korean still-life where the artist depicts books and objects on shelves.  

I was immediately inspired and began to paint my own bookcases.  Then I started asking friends for photos of their bookcases. In some ways, a painting of a person’s books and things is as much a portrait as it is a still life.

© Scott St. John 1997-2024