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 1997-2023